(1578 – 1630)
The Milanese painter Fede Galizia was recognized as early as twelve years old as a prodigious artist. She was the daughter of a painter who presumably also taught her, and her acute attention to detail may be attributed to her father’s specialty in miniature art.
She is known for her portrait work, religious scenes, and large scale commissions. She is also considered one of the earliest still-life painters in Italy. As a genre, still-life presented greater opportunities for women in art because they were largely excluded from painting the human body and studying from models.