Sofonisba Anguissola was a painter from the Renaissance era.
As a young woman visiting Rome she met Michelangelo who spoke of her talent. Quite the validation!
An official court painter of the King of Spain, she certainly was a success in her lifetime.
Vasari said of her, “she has shown greater application and better grace than any other woman of our age in her endeavours at drawing; she has thus succeeded not only in drawing, colouring and painting from nature, and copying excellently from others, but by herself has created rare and very beautiful paintings.”