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1) Maria Anna Angelika Kauffmann, born in Graubunden, Switzerland on October 30, 1741 to November 5, 1807 (aged 66), was a Swiss Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome.
2) She was forced to choose between opera and art. She chose art as a Catholic priest told her that the opera was a dangerous place filled with 'seedy people.' By 12, she was known by bishops & nobles.
3) While she produced portraits & self-portraits, she identified herself primarily as a history painter. Despite her popularity, the British displayed apathy at history paintings, so she moved to Rome.
4) She was held in a higher esteem and patronized in Rome. Shortly afterwards she retired to Rome, she continued at intervals to contribute to the Royal Academy in London, her last exhibit being in 1797.
5) The Angelika Kauffmann Museum in Schwarzenberg, Vorarlberg (Austria) was established in 2007. This location is in the same area that her father called home.
6) Her funeral was directed by the well-known Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova. A biography of Kauffman was published in 1810 by Giovanni Gherardo De Rossi.
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