Portrait of a Lady as Astronomy (Portrait of a Venetian Lady)

attributed to Lavinia Fontana, Italian, 1552 - 1614


about 1585

Oil on canvas

Overall: 45 1/8 × 36 7/8 in. (114.6 × 93.7 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Alice and M. R. Schweitzer



Place Made: Italy, Europe



Object Name


Research Area

Nazi-Era Provenance Research


Not on view


Inscribed on astrolabe: sic ardva; Stretcher, reverse, ink stamp at corners: M.R. Schweitzer / 205 East 54th St. / New York 22, N.Y.

Course History

FRIT 34, Sex and Gender in the Italian Renaissance, Courtney Quaintance, Spring 2015

ITAL 7, Women in Renaissance Venice, Courtney Quaintance, Spring 2015

ITAL 23, 17th and 18th Century Italian Literature, Nancy Canepa, Spring 2022

Art History 28.01, The Global Renaissance, Elizabeth Kassler-Taub, Spring 2024

Exhibition History

Art 2, Professors Turril & Zemal, Harrington Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 23-February 12, 1990.

Carpenter Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, August 21, 1981.

The Object World, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, ARTH2, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, February 5-March 15, 2015.

The Renaissance: Forms, Reforms and Revolutions, Barrows and Strauss Galleries, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 9-September 3, 1982.

Publication History

Jacquelynn Baas, From "a few curious Elephants Bones" to Picasso, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, September 1985, Hanover, New Hampshire: Dartmouth College, 1985, pp. 37-43, ill. p. 39


Acquired by [Marthe] Alice (1915-2004) and M. R. [Meyer (Mac) R.] Schweitzer (1911-2006), New York, date unknown; given to present collection, 1961.

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