Lavinia Fontana (August 24, 1552 – August 11, 1614) was a Bolognese Mannerist painter sprightly in Bologna and Rome. She is best known for her well-to-do portraiture, but furthermore worked in the genres of mythology and religious painting. She was trained by her daddy Prospero Fontana who was a scholarly at the School of Bologna. She is regarded as the first female career artiste in Western Europe as she relied on commissions for her income. Her relations relied on her career as a painter, and her husband served as her agent and raised their eleven children. She was perhaps the first woman artist to paint female nudes, but this is a topic of controversy in the course of art historians.
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