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A Tale of Two Women Painters: Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana

Portrait of Queen Anne of Austria, Sofonisba Anguissola, 1573. Oil on canvas. 86 x 67.5 cm. Madrid, Prado Museum

This exhibition in the Prado Museum reveals the artistic personality of two of the most outstanding women artists in western art.

For the first time, it gathers the most important works by Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana, two painters who achieved recognition and fame among their contemporaries for, and despite, their status as female painters. A total of 70 works will be shown by these two artists who broke free from the rigid expectations of their epoch about the role of women and their ability to create art.

Although their backgrounds and lives were very different, in both cases their fathers played a vital role in their careers. While Sofonisba specialised in portraiture and eventually became a lady-in-waiting at the Spanish court, Lavinia opened a highly active workshop in Bologna, producing a wide variety of paintings including portraits, religious works and mythological subjects, often featuring nude figures.

General information

Dates
Oct 22, 2019 to Feb 2, 2020
Theme
Painting

Category
Exhibition



Location and contact

Venue
Prado Museum

Paseo del Prado, s/n
28014 Madrid
Madrid
Telephone  +34 913302800
E-mail  museo.nacional@museodelprado.es
Website  http://www.museodelprado.es

Contact details
Telephone  +34 913302800
E-mail  museo.nacional@museodelprado.es


Practical information

Timetables

Monday to Saturday

Does not close at midday

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Public holidays

Does not close at midday

10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Rates

General: €15

Reduced: €7,50

Children: Free admission

Students: Free admission

Disabled persons: Free admission

Reservations
Telephone  +34 902107077
Website  https://www.entradasprado.com/pradov2/individual/principalR.aspx

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