Lavinia Fontana

1552 - 1614

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Lavinia Fontana (24 August 1552–11 August 1614) was an Italian Mannerist painter active in Bologna and Rome. She is best known for her successful portraiture, but also worked in the genres of mythology and religious painting. She was trained by her father, Prospero Fontana. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lavinia Fontana has received more than 293,206 page views. Her biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Lavinia Fontana is the 139th most popular painter (up from 151st in 2019), the 491st most popular biography from Italy (up from 536th in 2019) and the 39th most popular Italian Painter.

Lavinia Fontana was a 17th century Italian painter who is most famous for being the first woman to paint a self-portrait.

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Among painters, Lavinia Fontana ranks 139 out of 2,023Before her are Jan Brueghel the Elder, Fernand Léger, Hans von Aachen, Jean Dubuffet, Odilon Redon, and Antonello da Messina. After her are Robert Campin, Robert Delaunay, Tamara de Lempicka, Pontormo, Umberto Boccioni, and Charles Le Brun.

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Among people born in 1552, Lavinia Fontana ranks 7Before her are Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, Pope Paul V, Boris Godunov, Matteo Ricci, Vasili IV of Russia, and Hans von Aachen. After her are Seonjo of Joseon, Jost Bürgi, Edmund Spenser, Dom Justo Takayama, Petrus Plancius, and Henri, Prince of Condé. Among people deceased in 1614, Lavinia Fontana ranks 3Before her are El Greco, and Elizabeth Báthory. After her are Camillus de Lellis, Mavro Orbini, Marina Mniszech, Pedro Fernandes de Queirós, Philipp Ludwig, Count Palatine of Neuburg, Pierre de Bourdeille, seigneur de Brantôme, Luís Vaz de Torres, François de Bourbon, Prince of Conti, and Man Singh I.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Lavinia Fontana ranks 491 out of 5,161Before her are Roberto Baggio (1967), Julia the Elder (-39), Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909), Bohemond I of Antioch (1054), Ennius (-239), and Antonello da Messina (1430). After her are Ornella Muti (1955), Grazia Deledda (1871), Franco Nero (1941), Theocritus (-315), Queen Paola of Belgium (1937), and Francesco I Sforza (1401).

Among PAINTERS In Italy

Among painters born in Italy, Lavinia Fontana ranks 39Before her are Guido Reni (1575), Annibale Carracci (1560), Simone Martini (1284), Andrea del Sarto (1486), Parmigianino (1503), and Antonello da Messina (1430). After her are Pontormo (1494), Umberto Boccioni (1882), Ambrogio Lorenzetti (1290), Filippino Lippi (1457), Gentile Bellini (1429), and Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720).