Sofonisba Anguissola's


Her birth

She was born in 1532 in Cremona, Lombardia, Italy.
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Italian painter, the most famous of Cinquecento in Italy and Spain. She acquired the fundamental of her clear style, such as The Chees Game. When she arrived to Italy from the studies that she had witn the most famous Renaissance artist in 1580, she continued with her job/art, about portraits and scenes of gender. Sofonisba studied with two of six of her sisters beauty art, music and humanities in Cremona with Bernardino Campi and then with Bernardino Gatti. She excelled as a painter of individual and group portraits, such as The Game of Chess (1555),. Contemporary writers as Vasari or Anibale Caro were surprised thanks to her work.


She was one of the first known female artists and one of the first women artists to establish an international reputation. Among other female painters, she was unusual in that her father was a nobleman rather than a painter.
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Her paintings

As a young girl when she was 22 years old, she promised to became an artist. She painted the most beautiful portraits of the Italian Renaissance. But some experts said that same of her paintings were other painters. This problem didn't affect her, for this reason, Sofonisba wanted to created more paintings with her brushes and she continued having light her paintings. And artistic advice from teachers, like Miguel Angel, helped with her influence on her new job.

Sofonisba anguissola in the spanish cortes

She moved to Milan, at 27, his skill reached the ears of the Duke of Alba who was interested in his work to the point of entrusting a portrait. He liked both the portrait and was so impressed by the exquisite humanistic education Sofonisba who recommended Philip to make every effort to incorporate the Spanish court. And the recommendation was soon answered by Elisabeth of Valois, the woman who was to become the third wife of the king of Spain, who invited her to be her companion and painter of the court.

Sofonisba accepted the invitation and that same year he moved to Spain, with an important annual dowry assigned by the court of Spain and other important income assigned by his father. He arrived in Spain before Philip II and Elizabeth of Valois from contracting marriage and stayed in Spain twenty years, until two years after the death of the queen. During these years he stood out among the artists of the moment, collaborating and exchanging knowledge with some of them, like Sanchez Coello, and made numerous portraits of the royal family, among them portraits of Felipe II and Isabel de Valois, both 1990 attributed to Sanchez Coello, and they are two of those we see on the walls of the Prado Museum. Unfortunately much of the paintings of Sofonisba during his stay in the Spanish court burned in the fire Alcazar of Madrid.

On the death of Elizabeth of Valois, Sofonisba was appointed governess of the two princesses, job he held for about two years, until proof of appreciation, Philip II entered into an advantageous marriage for a woman of 47, with brother Viceroy of Sicily, that finished his days in good position. Sofonisba, at full maturity, it moves to Palermo, where he lives one of the most productive periods of his artistic life, and we can guess that the most serene as it is precisely where Palermo moved to die many years later .

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Her death

She died Sunday, Nov.16th 1625 (when she was 93 years old) in Palermo, Sicily, Italy.
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Date: 28/02/1559

Dear diary,

When I was 10 years old, my father told me to became a great artist.

Years later, when I was 14 years old, my father sent me to study with Bernardino Campi a lot of things. Actually I think that I am a proffesional artist.

When I was 24 years old I was so happy because I became a painter in Philip II's court of Madrid! Nowadays I am so exiting!

I am 92 years old, I was aclaimed as best painter and artist thanks to my 50 portraits and self-portraits. I will never forget my husband Orazio Lomellino who helped my to dedicate a lot of passion to my paintings. Thank you, husband! I am a little ill.

Sofonisba Anguissola

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By Ilyas Lamziraa and Willy Ricardo Luca Pisticiuc.