Self-portrait, 1558 — Sofonisba Anguissola,


Sofonisba Anguissola1558

During the Italian Renaissance it was rare for women to have access to artistic education — but by 1558 Sofonisba Anguissola had already been apprenticed to two painters of the Lombard school, and traveled to Rome to meet and learn from Michelangelo. At the time of this self-portrait, she was just 26 years old, and her career was about to explode.

This was the year she would meet the Duke of Alba, who would recommed her to King Philip II of Spain. 

Submitted by Reed Enger
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