It’s funny to observe how the naming of exhibitions are pivoting towards contemporary appeal. We happened to be in Antwerp last month and spotted a poster for ‘Baroque Influencers’. Now we have Lavinia Fontana who is a ‘trailblazer’. The late sixteenth-century Bolognese artist is best known for her successful portraiture, but also worked in the genres of mythology and religious painting.
This tentpole summer exhibition in the National Gallery will explore Fontana’s extraordinary life through her paintings and drawings, offering insight into the cultural climate that enabled the artist to flourish as a female artist of the period. This will be the first monographic exhibition to examine Fontana’s work in almost three decades, and the first to focus on her portraits.
National Gallery until Sunday August 27, €8-€18.
Wednesday Mornings: 9.15am – 11.30am all tickets free.
Thursday Evenings: 5pm – 7.15pm all tickets €5.