Born sometime between 1510 and 1520 in Bruges, Belgium.
receiving training from her father, Simon Benninck
leading artist in the School of Ghent-Bruges royal patronage of Henry, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, as well as prominent women such as Anne Parr, sister of Catherine Parr, Henry's sixth wife
Lived most of her life surrounded by art
patronage of Henry, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I
Realism, her portraits were so realistic, and humanism the use of human emotion in the painting