Fontana, Lavinia an eminent Italian painter, daughter of Prospero Fontana, was born at Bologna in 1552, and studied under her father. She painted a number of works for the Bolognese churches, of which the best are, The Miracles of the Loaves; The Annunciation; and The Crucifixion. She subsequently went to Rome, where she practiced portrait-painting with great success.
She died at Rome in 1614. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.