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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 who was a teacher at the School of Bologna. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lavinia Fontana has received more than 276,773 page views. Her biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Lavinia Fontana is the 150th most popular painter (up from 175th in 2019), the 537th most popular biography from Italy (up from 608th in 2019) and the 41st 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 150 out of 1,421Before her are Jean Dubuffet, Hugo van der Goes, Fernando Botero, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Filippino Lippi, and Otto Dix. After her are Utamaro, Gentile Bellini, William Hogarth, Jacob van Ruisdael, Antonello da Messina, and Maurice Utrillo.

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

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Lavinia Fontana ranks 537 out of 4,668Before her are Giuliano Gemma (1938), Ferruccio Lamborghini (1916), Filippino Lippi (1457), Pope Zephyrinus (150), Pope Stephen VIII (900), and Gianni Rodari (1920). After her are Beatrice Portinari (1265), Tibullus (-50), Rodolfo Graziani (1882), Elena Ferrante (1943), Marsilius of Padua (1275), and Octavia the Younger (-69).

Among PAINTERS In Italy

Among painters born in Italy, Lavinia Fontana ranks 41Before her are Umberto Boccioni (1882), Parmigianino (1503), Andrea del Sarto (1486), Pontormo (1494), Ambrogio Lorenzetti (1290), and Filippino Lippi (1457). After her are Gentile Bellini (1429), Antonello da Messina (1430), Giulio Romano (1499), Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720), Agostino Carracci (1557), and John William Waterhouse (1849).