Portrait of the Artist's Family

Portrait of the Artist's Family is a 1558–59 oil on canvas painting by the Italian artist Sofonisba Anguissola in the Nivaagaard art gallery.[1]

Portrait of the Artist's Family
Sofonisba Anguissola, Portrætgruppe med kunstnerens fader Amilcare Anguissola og hendes søskende Minerva og Astrubale, ca. 1559, 0001NMK, Nivaagaards Malerisamling.jpg
ArtistSofonisba Anguissola Edit this on Wikidata
Mediumoil paint, canvas
Dimensions157 cm (62 in) × 122 cm (48 in)
LocationDenmark Edit this at Wikidata
OwnerJohannes Hage, Wilhelm Marstrand Edit this on Wikidata

This painting shows the artist's family in a landscape and portrays her father Amilcare, sister Minerva, and brother Asdrubale with their pet dog. The picture is considered unfinished, and it is supposed that she left it in its unfinished state to obey a summons by King Philip II of Spain, where she became court painter for 20 years. This is the only known portrait of her father, but Sofonisba had painted Minerva a few years before when she made a picture of her sisters playing chess.

This painting was purchased by the museum founder Johannes Hage at the estate auction of the Danish painter Wilhelm Marstrand along with a painting by that artist in 1873.[1] It is considered one of the most important works by the artist from her early period.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c painting record Archived 2016-04-14 at the Wayback Machine on museum website