A Tale of Two Women Painters

Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana


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Leticia Ruiz


Drawing on some sixty works and for the first time, the Museo del Prado will jointly present the most important paintings by Sofonisba Anguissola (ca. 1535-1625) and Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614). The two artists achieved recognition and fame among their contemporaries for and despite their status as female painters. Both were able to break away from the prevailing stereotypes assigned to women in relation to artistic practice and the deep-rooted scepticism regarding women’s creative and artistic abilities.

The exhibition and accompanying catalogue will present the work of these two women, whose artistic personalities were to some extent obscured over the course of time but who in the last thirty years have once again aroused the interest of specialists and the general public.

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Weight 1320 g
Dimensions 24.6 x 28.1 cm
Publisher name Museo Nacional del Prado
Publication date 10 February 2020
Number of pages 248
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 24.6 x 28.1 cm
Weight 1320 g
Leticia Ruiz is Head of the Department of Spanish Renaissance Painting at the Prado Museum, Madrid.