Levina Teerlinck, The estimated date of Levina's birth is 1515. According to other sources, she was born in 1520. At about the same time, Titian and Michelangelo lived and worked with her. Her ancestors were famous Flemish artists and even kept their own portrait workshop in Ghent (the territory of modern Belgium). Levina's father was married twice and hoped to have a son in order to pass on the family's artistic heritage to him and teach him the art of painting. From two marriages, six daughters of a dynasty of artists were born. Levina was the eldest of them, and it was she who continued the family tradition. In the 1530s, the artist was recognized as a talented master of miniatures far beyond her native land. Together with her family, she moved to London, where she began to serve at the court of Henry VIII.
Sofonisba Anguissola, the future student of Michelangelo, she was born in 1532 in northern Italy. All her sisters (there were three of them) were artists, but only Sofonisba was able to achieve wide recognition. When she was 22, she came to Rome, where her talents were noticed by the Italian artists of the day, including Michelangelo. He began to give her advice on the art of painting and his assessment of the work. For several years in a row, Michelangelo sent Sofonisba his drawings and recommendations so that she could develop her own talent.
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