Title

The unification of portraiture and genre in paintings by Sofonisba Anguissola

Abstract

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.

Notes

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Thesis Completion

2009

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Zaho, Margaret

Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

College

College of Arts and Humanities

Degree Program

Art History

Subjects

Arts and Humanities -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Humanities

Format

Print

Identifier

DP0022358

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Document Type

Honors in the Major Thesis

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