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Angelica Kauffman grew up as an only child and received an unusually broad education for a girl. Her dual talent for painting and music was encouraged from an early stage by her father Johann Joseph Kauffmann and her mother Cleophea Lutz. Angelica had a fine singing voice (soprano) and mastered 4 languages (http://www.angelica-kauffman.com/en/vita/biographie/)
Angelica Kauffman was one of the most famous and internationally celebrated artists of the 18th century. There was a saying "The whole world is angelicamad." "Miss Angel" was admired from London, Dublin, Florence, Rome and Naples, Paris, Warsaw and St. Petersburg, Weimar to Vienna and she was raved about as a “Female Raphael of the Arts”. She had a double talent for music and painting, was a very successful businesswoman, and she was friends with the celebrities of her time. Winckelmann’s portrait opened doors for her; Goethe called her "the best being in the world. We had no concept of such a talent." Herder described her as “perhaps the most highly cultured woman in Europe”. She was supported by Batoni and Reynolds, and attracted a fashionable aristocratic clientele, emperors and kings of Europe such as Catherine II of Russia, Joseph II of Austria, Maria Karoline of Naples, Stanislaus II Poniatowski of Poland or Ludwig I of Bavaria.
Kauffman left behind an oeuvre of an estimated 800 oil paintings on canvas or copper, 13 frescos, some 400 drawings, a small number of early pastels, as well as 41 etchings. Many wall, ceiling and mantle decorations in English Historic Houses are erroneously attributed to her; what is more, she did not paint on wood, ivory or porcelain. More than 600 prints were made after her works (dotted manner, mezzotint, etchings, engravings, lithographs, wood engravings, photogravures, phototypes, etc.) as well as innumerable copies, imitations and forgeries, a circumstance which serves as an indication of her continued popularity. (http://www.angelica-kauffman.com/en/akrp-home/arkp/)