Women’s National Book Association at the Book Passage, Ferry building San Francisco October 12, 2019

I am honored to participate in the Women’s National Book Association panel at the Book Passage, San Francisco location at the Ferry Building to discuss Hidden Histories and Remarkable Women’s Stories You Won’t Forget. Sofonisba’s story is certainly that. I hope you can join us, 3-4:00 Saturday October 12, 2019 to discuss remarkable women in history.

October 1559, The Duke of Sessa, Brocardo Persico, and Sofonisba Anguissola

From The Duke of Sessa, Governor of Milan, 14 October 1559 to the Philip II, King of Spain: Sofonisba is ready


On October 14, 1559, the Duke of Sessa, a Spaniard stationed in Milan to govern the region on behalf of the Spanish King Philip II, wrote to his monarch “Vuestra Majestad” to confirm that Sofonisba Anguissola was prepared to leave her home, her family, her land, and attend his court. She was to travel under the protection of Count Brocardo Persico, a member of the council of Milan and a family friend of the Anguissolas. The Duke of Sessa signed as a “humilde vasallo.” Sofonisba was escorted to her new life in Spain where she had to make a name and a home for herself without her beloved family. It was time for the portraitist to construct her own image.