Sofonisba’s Brush Rises to the Level of Titian’s

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In 1563, Giovan Paolo Lomazzo praised Sofonisba in his Sogni, “Una femina Cremonese, della quale il nome e’ detto Sofonisba…molti pittori vallenti hanno giudicati quella avere il pennello levato di mano al divino Tiziano…” (Cremona Catalogue, 404). “A Cemonese woman called Sofonisba…many painters judge her brush to be elevated to the level of the divine Titian.”

Centuries later, Isabella Stewart Gardner bought a Sofonisba thinking it was a Titian.

ISBN 978-0-86698-821-6

 

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