Museum Reads: An Art Themed Book Group

Curl up with this month's book selection and then join in the conversation.

July 15, 2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm At the Museum

Lady in Ermine - The Story of a Woman Who Painted the Renaissance: A Biographical Novel of Sofonisba Anguissola, by Donna DiGiuseppe

Welcome to Museum Reads, the Newport Art Museum’s Art-Themed book group for adults. It’s the same beloved Read/Eat/Chat book group format, with a fresh name. Join us!

LADY IN ERMINE: The Story of a Woman Who Painted the Renaissance tells the dramatic story of Sofonisba Anguissola (c.1535-1625) a Lombard portraitist who was mentored by Michelangelo and praised by Giorgio Vasari. As a lady in waiting at the Spanish court of Philip II, she painted the Spanish Habsburg reign from her singular personal perspective. In later life, she traveled the Mediterranean, painted the Medici court, mentored Rubens and Anthony van Dyck, and influenced generations of future artists. Then history forgot her. LADY IN ERMINE dramatizes the many successes of Sofonisba Anguissola, giving her artistic legacy its long lost due.

We are pleased to announce that author Donna DiGiuseppe will join our conversation.



This month’s Museum Reads will meet in person at the Museum.


Donna DiGiuseppe was inspired by her Italian roots to write about an historic Italian woman and discovered the life of Sofonisba Anguissola. Ms. DiGiuseppe studied the northern Italian Renaissance at the University of California, Berkeley, and Sofonisba Anguissola for her masters thesis at San Francisco State University. She lives in San Francisco, California and Abruzzo, Italy with her husband and sons. More information can be found at

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