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Fontana, Lavinia

Fontana, Lavinia, 1552–1614, Italian painter, daughter of Prospero Fontana, 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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