Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sofonisba Anguissola: Vitreous Painting on Glass

Sofonisba Anguissola, Vitreous Painting on Glass, 8 x 10"

Sofonisba was one of the first women to gain a international reputation
as a painter. She studied under Campi until he moved away and this
established a precedent of encouraging male painters to take on female
students. Michelangelo even sent her some drawings, which she copied
and sent back to him for criticism. She was a prolific painter: more than
30 signed pictures survived from her years in Cremona, with a total of
about 50 works that have been securely attributed to her. Late in her life
she was visited by a young painter Anthony van Dyck. A drawing of her
appears in his sketchbooks, along with excerpts of the advice she gave
him about painting. Nevertheless it is clear that she was an innovative
portraitist, whose international stature inspired many young women to
become painters.

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