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Lavinia Fontana - Renaissance Woman Painter

Trained by her father, she achieved success in Bologna and Rome, including large-scale public commissions -- and still had time to have eleven children.

Women Artists: Renaissance and Baroque Painters
On this site: an overview of women painters of the 16th-17th centuries, including a list of many of the female painters of the period.

Lavinia Fontana
From the National Museum of Women in the Arts, a profile of the artist.

Holy Family with St. John
From NMWA, a small image of a lush picture of Mary with Jesus and Elizabeth with John, with Joseph looking on in the background. Unlike many pictures of the Holy Family, John and Jesus look very much like playful babies and Mary and Elizabeth like doting mothers.

Minerva Dressing
From the Web Gallery of Art, a very large image. The viewer makes it possible to view the image in convenient sizes. This sensuous nude of the goddess about to enrobe -- note her shield and helmet on the floor -- is representative of the Renaissance revival of classical mythological themes.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
From the Web Gallery of Art, a very large image of a common religious theme. The viewer makes it possible to view the image in convenient sizes.

Portrait of a Lady with Lapdog
A large image of a portrait of a woman with elegant Renaissance ruffled collar and cuffs.

Portrait of a Noblewoman
From NMWA, a small image of one of the best-known Renaissance paintings by a woman.

Self-Portrait, 1577
Thumbnail image is clickable for a larger version of "Self-Portrait."

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