FONTANA, Lavinia
(b. 1552, Bologna, d. 1614, Roma)

Portrait of a Newborn in a Cradle

c. 1583
Oil on canvas, 113 x 126 cm
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna

The aristocratic child is depicted in a precious cradle finely inlaid with patterns of plants. Covered by soft blankets and fine lace, the child is adorned with a long pearl necklace, all of which were status symbols adapted to the role of the small protagonist.