Famous Italian Women Artists & Painters

Throughout history, there have been many Italian women artists & painters who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Italian female artists & painters such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Romaine Brooks, Vanessa Beecroft, Lavinia Fontana.

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 1 Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 8, 1593
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 1652 AD
Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi was a prominent artist of the 17th century. She was the first female member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno and was known for her depiction of the female form. She was raped by painter Agostino Tassi and participated in a 7-month trial.

 2 Anita Pallenberg

Anita Pallenberg
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: June 13, 2017

Known as the Rolling Stones muse, for her affairs with at least two of the iconic rock band’s members, Anita Pallenberg was an actor-model. The Rolling Stones tracks such as You Got The Silver and Angie were inspired by her. She had also studied fashion designing after recovering from drug addiction.

 3 Pippa Bacca

Pippa Bacca
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: March 31, 2008

Pippa Bacca made international headlines in March 2008, when she was found naked and strangled on the outskirts of Istanbul. The Italian feminist artist had apparently been raped and murdered in the middle of her hitch-hiking program Brides on Tour, which had her traveling from Milan dressed as a bride.

 4 Sofonisba Anguissola

Sofonisba Anguissola
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Famous As: Renaissance painter
Birthdate: 1532 AD
Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
Died: November 16, 1625

 5 Romaine Brooks

Romaine Brooks
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 1, 1874
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: December 7, 1970

 6 Sara Pichelli

Sara Pichelli
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Porto Sant'Elpidio, Italy

 7 Vanessa Beecroft

Vanessa Beecroft
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy

Vanessa Beecroft is a contemporary performance artist who often works with professional models to stage tableaux vivants. In 2018, she used Kim Kardashian as her model for the release of the latter's perfume brand. A controversial personality, Vanessa Beecroft's unsuccessful attempt to adopt Sudanese twins inspired a derogative documentary titled The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins by Pietra Brettkelly.

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 8 Elisabetta Sirani

Elisabetta Sirani
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 8, 1638
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: August 28, 1665

 9 Maria Cosway

Maria Cosway
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 11, 1760
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: January 5, 1838

 10 Lavinia Fontana

Lavinia Fontana
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 24, 1552
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: August 11, 1614

 11 Domitilla Harding

Domitilla Harding
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Famous As: Designer, Artist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Domitilla Harding is an Italian designer and artist, who once worked as a designer with the Miss Italy fashion label. She has also designed furniture in the past and currently works as a glass sculptor with glass master Andrea Zilio. From her mother’s side, she has links to the House of della Rovere, an Italian noble family. 

 12 Domiziana Giordano

Domiziana Giordano
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: September 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Lazio, Italy

 13 Rosalba Carriera

Rosalba Carriera
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 7, 1675
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: April 15, 1757

 14 Plautilla Nelli

Plautilla Nelli
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1524 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1588 AD

 15 Licia Albanese

Licia Albanese
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bari, Italy
Died: August 15, 2014

 16 Fede Galizia

Fede Galizia
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 26, 1578
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: 1630 AD

 17 Properzia de Rossi

Properzia de Rossi
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: 1490 AD
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: 1530 AD
Properzia de' Rossi was an Italian sculptor whose works, especially her marble portrait busts, gained her popularity. De' Rossi was also a controversial figure; her life has generally been described as tumultuous and she was also accused of vandalism of a garden and assault of another sculptor named Amico Aspertini.

 18 Carol Rama

Carol Rama
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 17, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Turin
Died: September 25, 2015