Angelica Kauffman

Angelica Kauffmann

1741 (Chur, Switzerland) – 1807 (Rome)

Her adult life reads Italy, London, Italy, her father in attendance until she was over 40. She painted Garrick, Winckelmann (who taught her about ancient art, and was introduced by Mengs) and West (future founding member of London’s Royal Academy) during her first Italian stay. In London, Fuseli purportedly proposed to her, and Reynolds helped her out of a dodgy marriage. In Rome, Herder became infatuated, and Goethe rejected her portrait of him as effeminate. Her old friend Canova directed her funeral. Vigée-Le Brun was not electrified by her, but they went to the opera in Rome, and burst out laughing.