No. 457: Sofonisba Anguissola, John Edwin Mason

Episode No. 457 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features art historian Michael W. Cole and historian John Edwin Mason.

Cole is the author of “Sofonisba’s Lesson: A Renaissance Artist and Her Work” which was recently published by Princeton University Press. Cole considers Sofonisba Anguissola’s art, how her background, teaching and learning were important to her career and art, and how her relationships with her father Amilcare, her teacher Bernardino Campi, Michelangelo and a series of royals and royal courts resulted in her work — and in work attributed to her. The book also includes a complete illustrated catalogue of the more than 200 paintings and drawings that have been associated with Sofonisba, and 256 color illustrations in all. Cole is a professor of art history and archaeology at Columbia University. Amazon offers the book for $40; it is also available through Indiebound.

On the second segment, John Edwin Mason discusses his 2018 examination of National Geographic’s presentation of race in its flagship magazine and the potential applicability of such an institutional audit to the art museum sector. Mason is a professor of African history and the history of photography at the University of Virginia.

Mason and host Tyler Green discuss National Geographic editor Susan Goldberg’s letter to readers from March 2018.

Air date: August 6, 2020.

Sofonisba Anguissola, Massimiliano II Stampa, 1557.

Sofonisba Anguissola, Self-Portrait, 1558. Palazzo Colonna, Rome.

Sofonisba Anguissola, The Chess Game, 1555.

Sofonisba Anguissola, Self-Portrait, ca. 1556.

Engraving by an unknown maker after Sofonisba Anguissola, Self-Portrait, ca. 1556.

Sofonisba Anguissola, Boy Bitten by a Crayfish, ca. 1554.

Sofonisba Anguissola, The Chess Game, 1555.

Sofonisba Anguissola, Bernardino Campi Painting Sofonisba Anguissola, late 1550s. (Before conservation.)

Sofonisba Anguissola, Bernardino Campi Painting Sofonisba Anguissola, late 1550s. (After conservation.)

Sofonisba Anguissola, Isabel de Valois, after 1581.

Attributed to Sofonisba Anguissola, Isabel de Valois, early-to-mid 1560s.

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