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.
Sofonisba Was Not Always Forgotten
In 1774, Giambattista Zaist wrote Notizie Istoriche de’ Pittori, Scultori, ed Architetti Cremonesi or Historical Notes of Painters, Sculptors, and Architects of Cremona. For seven pages he writes about the accomplishments of Sofonisba Anguissola, recounting her early years, her time in Spain, her long legacy. He concludes with these words, “che superò l’artifizio non solo…
Sofonisba and the Habsburg-Valois Royal Wedding 1560
Sofonisba was one of the 17 original ladies in waiting chosen for the court of the new fourteen year old Spanish queen, the former Elisabeth de Valois, daughter of Henry II of France and Catherine de Medici. Eight Spanish noblewomen and eight French noblewomen comprised the rest of the young queen’s court. Sofonisba stood out…
Sofonisba’s Brush Rises to the Level of Titian’s
In 1563, Giovan Paolo Lomazzo praised Sofonisba in his Sogni, “Una femina Cremonese, della quale il nome e’ detto Sofonisba…molti pittori vallenti hanno giudicati quella avere il pennello levato di mano al divino Tiziano…” (Cremona Catalogue, 404). “A Cemonese woman called Sofonisba…many painters judge her brush to be elevated to the level of the divine Titian.”…
Sofonisba, Spanish Court, September 1559
In September of 1559, Amilcare Anguissola wrote as a devoted and obedient vassal “devotissimo, et ubidiente vassallo” to Philip II, the King of Spain, to accept the summons sent to his very dear daughter Sofonisba “me tanto carissima figliola” to serve as a lady in waiting to the next Queen of Spain “Serenissima nostra Regina”…
In September 1549, the future King of Spain Philip II, paraded through Cremona, Lombardy during a tour of his future realm. Sofonisba Anguissola would have caught her first glimpse of him then, during The Prince’s Parade.