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Sirani, Elisabettalocked

(b Bologna, 1638; d Aug 1665).
  • Laura Jacobus

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Italian painter. She was the daughter of Giovanni Andrea Sirani (1610–70), who had been Guido Reni’s principal assistant. Encouraged by Carlo Malvasia, her mentor and eventual biographer, she was painting professionally by the age of 17. Her prolific talent, as well as her reputed beauty and modesty, soon brought her European renown. The details of her training are unclear, but as a woman she would not have had access to an academy and (like many other professional women painters prior to the 20th century) she was probably taught by her ...

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