The unification of portraiture and genre in paintings by Sofonisba Anguissola
The intent of this study is to give credit to the female Renaissance painter, Sofonisba Anguissola of Cremona, Italy, for the amalgamation of the portrait and genre traditions in art. Anguissola indirectly influenced the Dutch artists of the Golden Age, who are now liberally assigned credit for the blending of the portraiture and genre painting styles in the· late seventeenth century. Her overlooked innovation affected genre and portrait paintings for centuries to come, consequently having a remarkable impact on the history of art. This study will clarify how Anguissola came about this revolutionary approach to painting and to demonstrate the manner in which her work was almost certainly filtered through the eyes and hands of subsequent genre and portrait artists. This study will elucidate these concepts through an investigation of her social environment, her innovations, her artistic training, and her seemingly inexorable limitations as a woman artist.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Arts and Humanities -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Humanities
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Duby, Jessica Louise, "The unification of portraiture and genre in paintings by Sofonisba Anguissola" (2009). HIM 1990-2015. 893.