A-Level: Identity – gender identity













Sofonisba Anguissola, Self-Portrait at the Easel, 1556, oil on canvas, 66 x 57 cm (Łańcut Castle)
Female painters were rare in sixteenth-century Italy. In self-portraits, Sofonisba made sure to appear virtuous.

Sofonisba Anguissola










Judith Leyster, Self-Portrait, detail
Professional female artists were few in the Dutch Republic. Here, Leyster cultivates confidence in her abilities.

Judith Leyster, Self-Portrait


Kritios Boy (detail)
Following war with the Persians, this highly naturalistic sculpture was buried out of respect.

Kritios Boy