The Artist Birthday Series

Lavinia Fontana

Lavinia Fontana: painter

Lavinia Fontana (1552 – 1614) was an Italian painter. She is regarded as the first woman artist of the Renaissance, working within the same sphere as her male counterparts, outside a court or convent. She was the first woman artist to paint female nudes, and was the main breadwinner of a family of 13.


Lavinia Fontana was born in Bologna, the daughter of the painter Prospero Fontana, who was a prominent painter of the School of Bologna at the time and served as her teacher.

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