Her paintings hang in galleries in Bergamo, Brescia, Budapest, Madrid, Naples, Siena, Boston, Milwaukee, and in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. She was a protege of Michelangelo. Her example, as much as her oeuvre, had a lasting influence on subsequent generations of artists, and her great success opened the way for larger numbers of women to pursue serious careers as artists. Why, then, have we never heard of Sophonisba Anguissola?
William H. Fredlund, the Director of the Institute, obtained his B.A. and M.A. from UCLA, where he specialized in European history and art history. He studied in Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship and completed a double Ph.D. in history and humanities at Stanford, specializing in Renaissance Italy. Dr. Fredlund has taught for UCLA, the University of Florence, Stanford, and UCSC Extension.