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Portrait Group with the Artist’s Father Amilcare Anguissola, Brother Astrubale and Sister Minerva

Sensitivity, warmth and mutual tenderness permeate this family portrait depicting the artist’s father, Amilcare, brother, Astrubale, and sister, Minerva. The family relationship is weighted higher than the figurative and formal characteristics. The spontaneously expressive and immediate character of a number of her portraits would later inspire an artist like Caravaggio. Sofonisba mastered the por…