Laura Gascoigne

Exceptional career woman, unexceptional painter: Lavinia Fontana, at the National Gallery of Ireland, reviewed

This mannerist artist was a serial shatterer of glass ceilings, and dared to charge as much as Van Dyck

‘Galatea and Cherubs Riding the Stormy Waves on a Sea Monster’, c.1590, by Lavinia Fontana. Credit: Private Collection

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