Lady in Ermine: The Story of a Woman Who Painted the Renaissance

Lady in Ermine: The Story of a Woman Who Painted the Renaissance❴PDF / Epub❵ ☃ Lady in Ermine: The Story of a Woman Who Painted the Renaissance Author Donna DiGiuseppe – Heartforum.co.uk The remarkable story of the Renaissance s most successful female artist, a talented woman who defied the conventions of her times The remarkable story of Ermine: The PDF Ç the Renaissance s most successful female artist, a talented woman who defied the conventions of her times.

Inspired by her Italian Ermine: The PDF Ç grandparents immigration story, Donna DiGiuseppe studied Humanities and Italian history at UC Berkeley and in Venice, Italy Tracing her roots to a hilltop village in Abruzzo, Donna toured Italy from Milan to Palermo to rediscover a piece of Italian history Donna fell in love with Sofonisba Anguissola when Lady in Epub / she held Sofonisba s Holy Family Donna has been inside Sofonisba s childhood home and has laid flowers at her gravesite Her debut novel LADY IN ERMINE THE STORY OF A WOMAN WHO PAINTED THE RENAISSANCE reconstructs Sofonisba s fascinating life from Donna s extensive travels What Dianne Hales, author of MONA in Ermine: The MOBI õ LISA A LIFE DISCOVERED, calls, A vivid portrait of a talented woman who defied the conventions of her times, LADY IN ERMINE is a story of historic achievement born of one woman s perseverance and determination to fulfill her passion A gallery of Sofonisba s work is available at donna s website sofonisba.

Lady in Ermine: The Story of a Woman Who Painted the
  • Paperback
  • 390 pages
  • Lady in Ermine: The Story of a Woman Who Painted the Renaissance
  • Donna DiGiuseppe
  • English
  • 27 July 2019
  • 0866988211

10 thoughts on “Lady in Ermine: The Story of a Woman Who Painted the Renaissance

  1. Paula Butterfield says:

    If you were a girl of artistic inclinations, born in Renaissance Italy to a progressive Humanist father who believed that you were possessed of a mind as well as a soul and therefore worthy of a tutor to teach you how to paint, you would have been lucky.But you still would have had societal obstacles to overcome The first was modesty A woman could not properly sign her own paintings, let alone accept payment for them And she should not expect for her work to be viewed in any public setting C If you were a girl of artistic inclinations, born in Renaissance Italy to a progressive Humanist father who believed that you were possessed of a mind as well as a soul and therefore worthy of a tutor to teach you how to paint, you would have been lucky.But you still would have had societal obstacles to overcome The first was modesty A woman could not properly sign her own paintings, let alone accept payment for them And she should not expect for her work to be viewed in any public setting Clerics believed that a lady should keep her hands pure for prayer This was the world into which Sofonisba Anguissola is born in 1535, in Cremona, Yet her talent was such that her work was compared to Leonardo da Vinci s, and Michelangelo corresponded with her and even replicated one of her drawings in a work of his own , so how was she to ignore her gift Sofonisba s ambition sprang as well from her fervent desire to restore honor to her family This ambition crystalizes on the day that Prince Phillip of Spain which ruled parts of Italy at the time locks eyes with her as he parades through town on horseback The feeling that she can see into his soul solidifies into a determination to paint Phillip s portrait one day Her chances to do that increase when she is invited to become a lady in waiting for now King Phillip II s third wife, Isabel of Valois The Spanish Court already has a court painter, but Isabel is interested in painting lessons from her talented lady, whom she eventually asks to paint her portrait Phillip s tepid response to the portrait leaves Sofonisba feeling he s unlikely to ever request a portrait of himself Other ladies in waiting, envious of Isabel s favor for her friend Sofi, and intrigue involving the Cardinal of Bourgos, challenge a vulnerable young woman on her own and make Sofonisba yearn to return home, but she remembers her duty to her father to bring honor to the family and carries on Gradually, other members of the court Princess Juana, Don John of Austria, the Duke of Parma, and Don Carlos ask to have their portraits painted Stylistically, Sofonisba experiments with various paint thicknesses and new lighting techniques, but her focus is always her subject s face in her attempt to depict al vero, the truth Elaborately detailed clothing and props provide the context and narrative for the portraits When Isabel dies in childbirth, Sofonisba cares for the queen s surviving daughters Two magnificent paintings spring from this time Finally, she paints King Phillip s portrait The greatest honor for a portraitist is to paint the king s portrait, but the greatest task is to reveal the sitter s soul Depicting Phillip in prayer, she accomplishes both goals And years later, one of Isabel s granddaughters sits for the exquisite Lady in Ermine In mid life, Sofonisba leaves the Spanish Court, with wealth and honor Her life continues to be dynamic she marries twice and continues striving to improve her painting She ponders, What woman gets such freedom of choice in how to life her life She lives into her nineties, serving as a link between 15th c Renaissance masters like Michelangelo and 17th c Flemish artists such as Reubens and Van Dyke.It s no exaggeration to say that Sofonisba Anguissola lived an epic life Author Donna di Giuseppe, a historian, has somehow synthesized the many characters in this epic story and the complex goings on of 16th c Europe to create a fascinating and immersive novel about a monumental artist

  2. Debbie says:

    A terrific biographical novel about a female Renaissance painter, Sofonisba Anguissola, born in Italy in 1549 Thanks to author Donna Digiuseppe for bringing forth a female artist from history that helps refute the claim that there were no great female artists prior to the modern era, as suggested by scholars including Linda Nochlin who wrote a controversial essay in 1971 Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists Nochlin s main argument was that the lack of great female artists, stemmed fr A terrific biographical novel about a female Renaissance painter, Sofonisba Anguissola, born in Italy in 1549 Thanks to author Donna Digiuseppe for bringing forth a female artist from history that helps refute the claim that there were no great female artists prior to the modern era, as suggested by scholars including Linda Nochlin who wrote a controversial essay in 1971 Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists Nochlin s main argument was that the lack of great female artists, stemmed from the fact that women weren t allowed to attend art school and receive training in how to paint the nude body Though true, it s not the main reason the problem ran far deeper Great women artists weren t recognized due to the male dominated profession of painting, beginning in the 14th century Europe that suppressed their talent, undermined their work and often credited their works to men It continued for decades and expanded to include art critics, scholars and male artists It continues today as evidenced with Sofonisba Anguissola one of her paintings, Portrait of Catalina Micaela of Spain, 1577 79 also the cover of the book , a portrait of King Philip II s daughter, a gorgeous and remarkably modern work is attributed in the museum where it hangs, as a work by Alonso Sanchez Coello, the main court painter of Phillip II It s part of the Glasgow Museum collection in Scotland It s not the first time Anguissola s work has been attributed to a male artist Another is Queen Elisabeth of Valois 1605 , which is credited to Juan Pantoja de la Cruz, another painter within King Phillip s court who worked with Coello Back to the book it s an engaging, riveting read written as an historical novel Digiuseppe chose Anguissola as she wanted to write about a woman whose accomplishments impacted history p 364 Thethat the story of Anguissola is discovered and shared, thepotential she has to do just that Anguissola was a remarkable woman, not only a significant artist, but a woman of strength and character who made many sacrifices for her artistic talent and drive The story is drawn from historical documents and from the works by Anguissola and those that inspired her They re listed by title at the back of the book Also included is a list of historical figures at the beginning All this makes for a terrific read I learned not only about this remarkable artist, but court life and key players during Phillip II, King of Spain s reign 1556 1598.If interested in learningabout this phenomenal artist, visit the art story, Sofonisba Anguissola

  3. eric matcovich says:

    This book was a wonderful surprise A very compelling read The book quickly drew me in and kept me engrossed throughout Before reading Lady in Ermine, I knew nothing about this important artist, Sofonisba Anguissola, who led a fascinating 90 year life Now, I m very happy to have walked with her and to know of her struggles and amazing accomplishments It s particularly satisfying to realize that the book is rooted in historical fact I learned as I was entertained Highly recommend.

  4. Caitlin Tollefson says:

    I learned so much reading this extensively researched book about the Renaissance and portraiture and the remarkable Sofonisba Anguissola Sofi defied convention to become a successful artist at a time when women had limited options DiGiuseppe s affection for her subject is apparent Bravo for not allowing Sofi to be lost to history Well worth the read.

  5. Candy Mayer says:

    Great story of a woman Renaissance artist that I hadn t heard of.

  6. Mary Witztum says:

    Historical fiction which helped me better know this amazing woman and artist, Sofonisba Anguissola She prevailed as a female artist in the Renaissance.

  7. Vicki says:

    Amazing read So much historical significance in this book Loved it.

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