Lavinia Fontana is a well-known female artist in 16-17C who started her life in Bologna, Italy. She painted in a mannerist style; she was excellent in artistry and stood out in historical paintings and portraits with the full support of her father, artist Prospero Fontana.
Lavinia gained popularity as a portrait painter among Bologna noblewomen of the time. So she became the first female painter to be commissioned for a large-scale portrait. Her paintings gained fame for their vivid colors, detailed descriptions of clothes, and high-quality accessories.
She was also the first female artist to paint “nude paintings,” forbidden for female artists. Among the female painters who were active before the 1700s, most works were handed down and contributed to the development of the portrait field in Italian art.
Of course, there were two supporters (father and husband), but we would not have known her without her artistry and solidity. Her unbiased view and confidence made the works shine even more.
While watching “Portrait of Antonietta Gonzalez,” I didn’t want to limit the model into a mysterious being or a gaze of sympathy. I tried to ask myself how broad I am living in recognition of ‘different.’
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