A Marvel of Nature: The life and art of painter Sofonisba Anguissola
Sofonisba Anguissola was a talented and successful Italian Renaissance painter. Her lengthy career included fifteen years painting portraits at the court of King Philip II of Spain. Anguissola was celebrated in her lifetime: her work was admired and discussed by Vasari and when she was in her 90s, Anthony Van Dyck sought her advice on art. This lecture presents Anguissola’s life and career in its historical context and explains how her oeuvre is growing as she is now recognised as the author of paintings hitherto attributed to male artists.
About the Lecturer
Lecturer Angela Smith has a PhD from the Warburg Institute, London University. Angela is the author of numerous articles and several books including A Timeline of Art History (2013). She is an experienced lecturer who has taught for several universities. She has worked as a researcher for the National Inventory Research Project and has led tours to various museums and galleries, most recently a three week cultural tour in Spain for ADFAS. She has also led courses of study days for several NADFAS groups including, Art & Architecture along the Silk Road and English Church Architecture.