This is a self-portrait by Sofonisba Anguissola. It has a very well-set-up composition. The subject is slightly off-center. This keeps the painting interesting, while drawing attention to the easle on the left. The eye immediately is caught by her face, the painting on the left, and her hand because of the high contrast between the lights and darks. Anguissola uses a roughly triadic color scheme. The colors she chooses are subdued which, together with the dim lighting, gives the painting a very soft feel.