Sandpaper. Fontana

Sandpaper. Fontana

Charcoal, eraser, sandpaper on paper
Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614) was from a family of painters, enabling her to study art at home. Though
she gave birth to 11 children, she continued to paint to support her family and her portraits were renowned and much sought after. Her husband was a minor painter who became her assistant, painting draperies and backgrounds. She was also commissioned to paint altarpieces in Rome and was the first female artist to tackle historical scenes and also the first to paint the female nude. She practiced and competed on the same level as male contemporaries and a patron said of her “This excellent painter, to say the truth, in every way prevails above the condition of her sex.” This hasn’t stopped some of her works being wrongly attributed to other artists and less than a third of her documented works have been found.