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 .
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.