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 Lavinia Fontana  (1552 - 1614)

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Lived/Active: Italy      Known for: portrait painting, mannerism

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Birth
1552 (Bologna, Italy)
 
Death
1614 (Rome, Italy)

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Italy


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portrait painting, mannerism

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Renaissance painter Lavinia Fontana was commissioned to make not only portraits, the typical subject matter for women painters, but also religious and mythological themes, which sometimes included female nudes.

She made great strides in the field of portraiture, which garnered her fame within and beyond Italy. In fact, Fontana is regarded as the first woman artist, working within the same sphere as her male counterparts, outside a court or convent.??

At age 25, Fontana ma (showing 500 of 1194 characters).



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