Eight years younger than her best-known sister, the writer Grazia–a self-taught artist like her –, Nicolina Deledda was a painter, an illustrator and a committed supporter of the so called "minor" or applied arts. Particularly graceful and sensitive to fashion's charm, she was equally gifted with a strong personality, reason why she decided to commit her really long existence solely and exclusively to art, without ever getting married or setting up house. She was a friend of the most important leading figures of the Sardinian intelligentsia– between the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century – as well as of the most influential people from the Italian Arts and Crafts movement and a friend of the greatest intellectuals hanging out with her sister Grazia. They worked together on several occasions, in Rome as well as in the summer houses of Viareggio and Cervia; she illustrated some of her stories published by the national press. A free-standing woman convinced that nature observation was the best of the academiesever; she independentlymanaged to grow her passions to a ripe old age, as a reward for running her life far away from the high society after a surgical procedure she faced when she was 38. While her accompanying drawings to her sister's short stories are still available on some magazines from that time, the rest of her production now belongs to private collections. We owe a well-known portrait of the future Nobel Prize –dating 1908– to her: she was roughly outlined in pencil and with her eyes half-closed; primarily "a sister" before being a successful artist, and still unclear about her prestigious future.