Bernardino Campi Painting Sofonisba Anguissola
Oil on canvas
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena, Italy
In a dark studio Campi looms out of the shadows to make eye contact with the viewer as he paints a portrait of his elaborately dressed student, Anguissola. This may be the first time Anguissola is the subject of her own work so portrays herself as fashionable and jovial instead of the usually stoic and contemplative artist portrait.
Born: 1532, Cremona, Italy
Died: 16 November 1625, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Anguissola was a Renaissance painter, born to a poor but noble family. She received a well-rounded education including the fine arts and her apprenticeship with local painters of the time set a precedent for women to be accepted as students of art