The Renaissance was started by brilliant men
who used the chisel, the brush and the pen...
painters decorated cathedrals and churches,
architects and sculptors embellished the squares
of Florence, of Rome, of Venice and Naples;
poets like Dante created a new language
from the wide-spoken Latin and gained prestige,
and among these emerged women painters...
were they not appreciated as male artists,
were they merely looked down as artisans? Only a wealthy
woman could be an artist to express her ideals freely.
Sofonisba Anguissola was the gentle soul of creativity
that kings and queens loved, not because of her nobility!