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Sofonisba Anguissola

Sofonisba Anguissola Oil Painting Reproductions

(1532-1625, Italian, Mannerist) Biography

Anne of Australia, Queen of Spain, Wife of Philip II of Spain painting reproduction, Sofonisba Anguissola
Portrait of a Young Lady painting reproduction, Sofonisba Anguissola
Portrait of Giuliano II Cesarini aged 14 painting reproduction, Sofonisba Anguissola
Anne of Australia, Queen of Spain, Wife of Philip II of Spain
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Portrait of a Young Lady
Sofonisba Anguissola
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Portrait of Giuliano II Cesarini aged 14
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Portrait of Philipp II painting reproduction, Sofonisba Anguissola
Portrait of Prince Alessandro Farnese painting reproduction, Sofonisba Anguissola
Self-Portrait painting reproduction, Sofonisba Anguissola
Portrait of Philipp II
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Portrait of Prince Alessandro Farnese
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Self-Portrait
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The Chess Game painting reproduction, Sofonisba Anguissola
The Chess Game
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Sofonisba Anguissola Paintings

Sofonisba Anguissola was an Italian painter, the first successful female painter of the Renaissance. In 1554, at age twenty-two, Sofonisba traveled to Rome, where she spent her time sketching various scenes and people. While in Rome, she met Michelangelo through the help of another painter who knew her work well. Meeting Michelangelo was a great honor for Sofonisba and she had the benefit of being informally trained by the great master. He gave her sketches of his own to draw in her own style, and she would send her sketches to him, asking for his advice. For at least two years while in Rome, she continued this informal study, receiving substantial guidance from Michelangelo. In 1623, Anguissola was visited by the Flemish painter Sir Anthony Van Dyck, who had painted several portraits of her in the early 1600s, and recorded sketches from his visits to her in his sketchbook. Anthony Van Dyck noted that, although "her eyesight was weakened," Sofonisba was still quite mentally alert. Excerpts of the advice she gave him about painting also survive from this visit. Van Dyck drew her portrait while visiting her; this was to be the last portrait made of Sofonisba. The very next year, she returned to Sicily. Contrary to later biographers' claims, she was never entirely blind but perhaps had cataracts. Sofonisba became a wealthy patron of the arts after the weakening of her sight. She died at age 93, in Palermo in 1625. She was internationally acclaimed and respected throughout her life. Seven years later, on the anniversary of what would have been her 100th birthday had she lived, her husband placed an inscription on her tomb that reads, in part:

"To Sofonisba, my wife...who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world, outstanding in portraying the images of man... Orazio Lomellino, in sorrow for the loss of his great love, in 1632, dedicated this little tribute to such a great woman."