Inspiration for my novel - This painting of a century Italian girl has been inspiring to me as someone who could be the painter before her troubles begin. I like the open and honest expression, and the smile that hints at contentment with her life.
Antonis Mor ~ Anna of Austria Queen of Spain (detail) ~ 1570 ~ Sir Anthonis Mor, also known as Anthonis Mor van Dashorst and Antonio Moro was a Netherlandish portrait painter, much in demand by the courts of Europe.
I love this -- she looks like some snarky middle school girl and it's a century painting. Isotta Brembati Grumelli attributed to Giovanni Battista Moroni (Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, Provincia di Bergamo Italy)