Properzia de' Rossi 490-1530

Properzia de’ Rossi (c. 1490–1530) was an Italian female Renaissance sculptor.

She studied under the Bolognese artist and master engraver Marcantonio Raimondi, who is best known today for his engravings after paintings by Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino).

Originally praised for her skill at carving fruit stones, she went on to sculpt portrait busts and, eventually, to beat her male rivals for church commissions.

However, tormented by unrequited love for a nobleman, she apparently sickened and died penniless. While de’ Rossi won important commissions in her life, she died before reaching forty, bankrupt and without close relatives or friends.

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Some of her work.