Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Hosted By: Prado
Oct 22, 2019 at 8:00 am to Feb 02, 2020 at 8:00 pm
It’s always nice when a startling reappraisal of gender, politics, and power intersects with very good art. Happily, the Prado is set to put on just such a show. Sofonisba Anguissola (1535- 1625) and Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614) were both genuinely famous female artists who found royal patronage across Europe. Anguissola, an aristocratic Italian, rose to fame at the Spanish court in Madrid. Fontana, also Italian, though markedly lower-born, found fame in Rome. Both are relatively obscure today, but the Prado’s exhibition, which includes more than 60 works, should rectify that quite quickly.
Photo Credits: Sofonisba Anguissola, Ana of Austria, 1573Courtesy of the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid