Sofonisba Anguissola (1535-1625) was an Italian Renaissance painter educated in painting. On a trip to Rome she met Michelangelo, who instructed her. Vassari said she was a great artist, specialising in portraiture, at which time women were not allowed to paint Renaissance nudes. She was a lady of Queen Elisabeth of Valais, a fact that prevented her from signing and charging for her works. When the queen died, she was left for a few years in charge of the children's education and was forced to marry, as she was not allowed to be an independent woman, and during her stay as the queen's lady she achieved great fame, painting numerous nobles, one of her portraits was that of Margherita Soboya, whose offspring bears the name of the pizza Margherita (1889). It is curious how one is remembered for the name of a meal and the other for portraits of the nobility, but not for those that were "stolen" or "erased" such as the controversial authorship of The Lady with the Ermine, attributed to El Greco (1541-1614).

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