Category: Historical Fiction
Excited for the Bay Area Book Festival. Come visit me Sunday May 7th in Berkeley
I’ll be signing books you bring. Find through your local bookshop or on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Lady-Ermine-Renaissance-Biographical-Anguissola/dp/1734614706 ISBN 978-1-7346147-0-1 ISBN 978-0-86698-821-6. LADY IN ERMINE dramatizes the true life of the most successful female artist of the Renaissance Sofonisba Anguissola (c.1535-1625) who influenced generations of artists, and then history forgot about her.
Sargent & Spain
I did not see much of Sofonisba’s influence at the San Francisco Legion of Honor exhibition Sargent & Spain. I thought I would see her influence since he went to Spain to study the historic painters. But then I saw this painting, and I instantly thought of Sofonisba’s portrait of Eleonora de Medici at the…
Lady in Ermine in Rome
Lady in Ermine and Sofonisba in Rome with Domina, the novel and new series based on the life of Livia, another historic woman with a story to tell.
Sofonisba or El Greco? Sofonisba Cradle to Grave
The details of Sofonisba Anguissola’s life show that she had the physical and geographical opportunity to paint a mature Catalina Micaela that her male contemporaries El Greco and Coello did not being far away in Spain. Sofonisba also had personal insight into the Infanta’s private world to render the Infanta of Spain, Catalina Micaela, as…
Sofonisba’s Influence on Giorgio Vasari
The 16th century artist, critic, and historian Giorgio Vasari is best known for his voluminous Lives of the Artists series where he painstakingly documents the biographies and styles of the great Renaissance masters. Master portraitist Sofonisba Anguissola inspired Giorgio Vasari. In 1566, Giorgio went to Cremona in Northern Italy to visit Sofonisba’s childhood home. Sofonisba…
Sofonisba Lives On
Sofonisba lived a long prolific life. She began studying with Bernardino Campi around 1545. She died in 1625 and painted until at least 1610, probably longer. At the end of her life, she told Anthony van Dyke she wanted to keep painting in her last years, but her failing eyesight forced her to quit. Still,…