Fontana, Lavinia

Fontana, Lavinia,

1552–1614, Italian painter, daughter of Prospero FontanaFontana, Prospero
, 1512–97, Italian mannerist painter, father of Lavinia Fontana. He aided Primaticcio in the decoration of Fontainebleau but was active chiefly in Bologna, where most of his work remains. His Entombment (Bologna) is characteristic.
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, who trained her in the Mannerist style. Noted for her sensitivity in color and detail, she was a fashionable portrait painter in Bologna and Rome. Her self-portraits (two, Pitti Gall., Florence; another, St. Luke's Acad., Rome) and a portrait of Pope Gregory XIII show a fine decorative sense in the treatment of costume. Typical of her work is A Lady of the Runi Family (1593).
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