Caroline Campbell

Caroline Campbell is director of collections and research at the National Gallery.

Virtuosa: Sofonisba Anguissola

Caroline Campbell, 10 September 2020

‘The Chess Game’ (1555)

In​ July 1624, two artists met in Palermo during an outbreak of plague which killed thousands of people, including the city’s ruler. The younger artist, Anthony Van Dyck, made a quick pen and ink drawing and wrote down his impressions of Sofonisba Anguissola, then apparently 96 years old and almost blind. He was struck by her intellectual...

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