Title

Lavinia Fontana: A Life Reflected in Nude Minervas

Presenting Author Name/s

Heather Nygaard

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Muraoka

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Disciplines

Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture | History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

Description/Abstract

This paper argues that the Renaissance painter Lavinia Fontana painted her final work, Minerva Dressing, as a tribute to her ending life by making a connection to the goddess of war, wisdom, love, and art. Support for the argument will be found in Fontana's approach to the nude figure in the realm of sacred and profane art, making comparisons between Minerva Dressing and other paintings, the symbolism represented in the painting, the meaning of the goddess, the life of the artist, exploration of gerontophobia in the Renaissance, and the patron of the work.

Session Title

Art History 2 Presentations

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

Start Date

3-2-2018 10:15 AM

End Date

3-2-2018 11:15 AM

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Lavinia Fontana: A Life Reflected in Nude Minervas

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

This paper argues that the Renaissance painter Lavinia Fontana painted her final work, Minerva Dressing, as a tribute to her ending life by making a connection to the goddess of war, wisdom, love, and art. Support for the argument will be found in Fontana's approach to the nude figure in the realm of sacred and profane art, making comparisons between Minerva Dressing and other paintings, the symbolism represented in the painting, the meaning of the goddess, the life of the artist, exploration of gerontophobia in the Renaissance, and the patron of the work.