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(b Cremona, c.1535; bur. Palermo, 16 Nov. 1625). Italian painter, mainly of portraits, one of six painter sisters from an aristocratic family in Cremona, where she studied with Bernardino Campi (1522–91). She was the first woman artist to achieve international renown, and in 1559 she was invited to Spain to work at the court of Philip II (see Habsburg), remaining there for more than a decade before settling in Sicily.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)