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Fede Galizia

Milan 1578 - 1630
Price range
500,000 – 3,000,000 USD
Fede Galizia was a child prodigy of the early Italian Baroque and a leading female artist.

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.

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Selected artworks

Top 3 auction prices

2,055,000 $
2,402,517 $
2,415,000 $


The sales are: Sotheby’s New York – 1 Feb 2018 lot 20, Sotheby’s London – 8 Jul 2015 lot 29 (1,565,000 GBP), and Sotheby’s New York 30 Jan 2019 lot 42.
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Notable exhibitions

Trento, Castello del Buonconsiglio, Fede Galizia: Amazzone nella Pittura, 3 July – 24 October 2021. Curated by Giovanni Agosti and Jacopo Stoppa.

Cremona, Museo Civico Ala Ponzone, Painters of Reality: The Legacy of Leonardo and Caravaggio in Lombardy, 14 February – 2 May 2004; travelled to New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 27 May – 15 August 2004. Curated by Andrea Bayer, Mina Gregori and Ivana Iotta.

Birmingham, City Museums and Art Gallery, Lombard Paintings c. 1595-c.1630: The Age of Federico Borromeo, 1974. Curated by Peter Cannon-Brooks.

Milan, Palazzo Reale, Il Seicento Lombardo, 1973. Curated by Giulio Bora.

Turin, Palazzo Madama, Mostra del Manierismo piemontese e lombardo del Seicento, 6 May – 26 June 1955. Curated by Giovanni Testori.

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.

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