A Trio of Renaissance Women Artists: Tintoretta, Fede, and Sofonisba with Laura Benitti - Context Travel

A Trio of Renaissance Women Artists: Tintoretta, Fede, and Sofonisba with Laura Benitti


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Did you know that the famous Venetian painter Tintoretto had a daughter who was also a successful artist called 'La Tintoretta'? In the past, a job such as painting was usually reserved for men: women had to take care of the house and raise their children. There are, however, some surprising exceptions which we will proudly discuss in this seminar. We will talk about the life of Tintoretta, as well as two other extraordinary women painters of the fifteenth and sixteenth century: Sofonisba Anguissola and Fede Galizia.

We will kick the seminar off by discussing Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625), the firstborn of an important family in Cremona. She became the official portraitist of the Spanish Royal Family and her sisters were also successful painters. We’ll move on to discuss Milanese-born Fede Galizia (1578-1630), who was greatly admired by her contemporaries. She was also involved with work for sacred commissions, a unique fact for a woman at that time.

Finally, we’ll learn about the Venetian Marietta Robusti, known as La Tintoretta (1554-1590). This artist grew up in the workshop of her father Jacopo Tintoretto, working with him on many important commissions. We’ll discuss her life, her artwork, and her career of painting for the Spanish court.

Led by an expert on art history, Laura Benitti, this interactive seminar will be dedicated to the incredible biographies of three successful female painters. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with increased knowledge about unexpected career opportunities of women who, in that historical period, usually devoted themselves only to their family.

Laura was born in Turin, where she studied history of art, but moved to Milan in 2002. Since her graduation, she has accumulated a long experience as an art consultant and registrar in a few museums in Turin, as well as expertise as a local Milan guide. She loves to be both an experienced and friendly local ambassador of Milan and Como area for her travelers.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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