Portrait of a Nun by Sofonisba Anguissola

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Portrait of a Nun

Painting NamePortrait of a Nun
Painter NameSofonisba Anguissola
Completion Date1551
Size169 x 53 cm
TechniqueOil
MaterialCanvas
Current LocationCity Art Gallery Southampton

In the painting the nun wears a lily-white habit which stands out against the dark background. The red and gold bound book of prayers offers the only source of detail. The sitter is usually identified as Elena Anguissola, Sofonisba’s younger sister who had been a student of the painter Bernardino Campi along with Sofonisba, and later entered the monastery of San Vincenzo in Mantua assuming the name of Sister Minerva.

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