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Angelica Kauffman

One of the outstanding artistic personalities of the Classical Age of art in London and Rome, Angelica Kauffman (1741–1807) is regarded as the first woman artist of truly broad European standing. Well educated and very well connected, she enjoyed an international reputation, admired by Goethe and Herder and counting among her clients queens and emperors from across the continent. This publication explores the larger-than-life story of Kauffman myth, which arose even while she was still working. Her remarkable life and work are presented here through beautiful reproductions of more than one hundred of her best paintings and drawings, including many never before seen. The book pays particular attention to Kauffman’s impact in England, where she was the first female member of the Royal Academy of Arts. Angelica Kauffman stakes a claim for the artist as a pioneering history painter, fashionable portraitist, and champion of a new ideal of masculinity.

208 pages | 144 color plates | 9 1/4 x 11 1/4

Art: European Art

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"Accompanying the 2020 exhibition by the same title, this beautiful catalogue provides a lively account of Kauffman's life and career and of the central role she played in the European art world of the 18th century. . . Highly recommended."


"This is a polished and thoroughly explained scholarly look at a neglected artist, so it deserves a spot on library shelves."

Pennsylvania Literary Journal

"The publication consists of four short introductory essays, followed by eighty-one catalogue entries accompanied by 144 color illustrations... it provides a good introduction to Angelica Kauffman with a well-chosen range of paintings and drawings and high quality illustrations."

Woman's Art Journal

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