Portrait of a Prelate

Artist: Attributed to Lavinia Fontana (Italian, Bologna 1552–1614 Rome)

Date: ca. 1580

Medium: Oil on copper

Dimensions: Diameter 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Millie Bruhl Fredrick, 1962

Accession Number: 62.122.141


The daughter of a leading painter in Bologna, Lavinia Fontana became the most famous woman artist of her day and much appreciated both in Rome and in Madrid by Philip II. Miniature portraits such as this one were in vogue: El Greco seems to have made a specialty of them during his years in Rome (1570–77).