Woman Art Award 2018, Dedicated to Sofonisba Anguissola, Fundacion Pons, Madrid. 

Celebrated in April 2018 at the Foundation Pons, in Madrid, The Women Essence Project is exclusively dedicated to women artists and created to give visibility and support to women in contemporary art.

The project represents the contemporary worldwide women, curated by Prof. Laura di Trapani, a critic of contemporary art with a particular focus towards the new generations of artists. Ms.Trapani is an art historian and independent curator of the University La Sapienza in Rome. In this edition, WAA 2018 dedicates the award to Sofonisba Anguissola. 

The Woman Art Award 2018 is a worldwide contemporary art prize created to discover, recognise and give support to women artists. The award aims to make a significant contribution to the careers of artists involved in the dynamic cultural development of societies in transition and give a voice to women artists and their issues that would otherwise remain silent. From the role of passive representation object and inspiration, she goes to the active scene as an able artist, expressing creativity in the light of particular sensitivity, an image of the "other" art. 

 Sofonisba Anguissola was the official portraitist of the royal family of Spain. Sofonisba Anguissola's oeuvre had a lasting influence on subsequent generations of artists. As a young woman, Anguissola travelled to Rome where she was introduced to Michelangelo, who immediately recognised her talent, and to Milan, where she painted the Duke of Alba. 

The Spanish queen, Elizabeth of Valois, was a keen amateur painter and in 1559 Anguissola was recruited to go to Madrid as her tutor, with the rank of lady-in-waiting. Anguissola is significant to feminist art historians. 

Although there has never been a period in Western history in which women were absent in the visual arts, Anguissola's great success opened the way for more significant numbers of women to pursue serious careers as artists. One of the few women present in the most important museums in the world, like Prado Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Pinacoteca di Brera, Walters Art Museum, National Gallery of Ireland and The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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