Galizia’s most important and best-loved works are a series of naturalistic still lifes, often of fruit seen on a metal or porcelain tazza set dramatically against a dark background. In this she was part of a Milanese movement, encouraged by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, which included Caravaggio (1571–1610), Ambrogio Figino (1540–1608) and Panfilo Nuvolone (1581–1651). As a result, she received the patronage of Milanese nobility and clergy, and is known to have been greatly appreciated at the Court of Rudolph II in Prague. Throughout her life she showed a versality in her work, producing grand biblical scenes commissioned by the anti-reformist Church under the Spanish Habsburgs as well as portraits and still lifes.
Books on Fede Galizia
Virginia Brilliant, Faithful to Nature: Eleven Lombard Paintings 1530-1760, New York, 2019.
Jordana Vera and Claudio Strinati, Italian Women Artists from Renaissance to Baroque, Milan, 2007.
Andrea Bayer, ed., Painters of Reality: The Legacy of Leonardo and Caravaggio in Lombardy, London, 2004.
Jordi Vigué, Great Women Masters of Art, New York, 2002.
Flavio Caroli, Fede Galizia, Turin, 1991.
John T. Spike, Italian Still-life Paintings from Three Centuries, exh. cat. New York, 1983.
Ann Sutherland Harris and Linda Nochlin, Women Artists, 1550-1950, exh. cat. Los Angeles, 1976.
Stefano Bottari, Fede Galizia: Pittrice (1578-1630), Trento, 1965.
Giovanni Paolo Lomazzo, Idea del Tempio della Pittura, 1590, Robert Klein ed., Florence, 1974.