Elisabeth of Valois
Oil on canvas
Museo Nacional del Prado, Spain
“Elisabeth of Valois” is a large-scale painting in which Anguissola captured the image of the newly married Queen of Spain, dressed in swaths of expensive black cloth and bejeweled with pearls and rubies from neck to hem. A wealthy Renaissance queen the numerous pearls symbolize wealth and fertility, the latter rather unfortunate as it was her fourth pregnancy and second miscarriage that ended the queen’s short life.
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
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Such a beautiful and teal face 💜
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