Major exhibition tracing the trajectory of this pioneer female artist from child prodigy to one of Britain’s most sought-after painters.
Angelica Kauffman was one of the most successful artists of her time and a founding member of the Royal Academy. Born in Switzerland in 1741, Kauffman was quickly recognised as a child prodigy, before receiving further artistic training in Italy.
Arriving in London in 1766, she enjoyed an unprecedented career as a history painter and portraitist before moving to Rome in 1782, where her studio became a hub of the city’s cultural life.
Kauffman’s career was unusual for a female artist in the late 18th and early 19th century. A highly acclaimed portraitist, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, working for patrons across Britain and the continent, including Catherine the Great amongst others.
This exhibition will focus on Kauffman’s work at the height of her public acclaim, tracing the life and work of this celebrated artist.