NGV Acquire Lavinia Fontana

September 27 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Australia have acquired Lavinia Fontana's The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine. This painting, dating to c.1575, is the earliest painting by a woman in the gallery's collection. It is one of three paintings that Fontana made of this scene before her marriage in 1577, a period when she seemed to have favoured subjects of strong women from history and biblical tales. The work was previously with the dealers Callisto Fine Arts and was presented to the NGV by the Felton bequest.

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