Artemisia Gentileschi was one of one the few female well known artists during the Resainsance time period. She created the infamous painting "Judith Slaying Holofernes" that shows female dominence.
The painting shown below is Artesemia Gentilechi's piece called, "Judith Slaying Holofernes".
- The piece took a whole year to paint, being completed in 1599. Even today it can be found in the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica.
- In this piece you can imagine how much passion and time was put into the artwork. The female lead in this piece is clear from the facial expressions, to the gore.
- This piece represent secularism during the renaissance period because of the woman role in the painting. Male's usually have the dominance which makes the individual stick out; she's declaring dominance.
- Gentleschi was born in Rome Italy in July of 1593.
- Moving around from Florence, Rome, Venice, and Naples Italy, she never settled down down in one place for too long.
- Orazio Gentileschi (Artesemias father) was also a painter, he acted as her mentor. Since she was young she observed him and eventually flourished into an artist of her own. As she grew up she also began to be influenced by Carravaggio (another artist) for a short while.
- Artemisia was a proper young woman until she reach the age of 17 when she was raped by her father's colleague. From then on she began to live her life in fear. But feeling uptight and scarred forever, she found an appropriate way to escape. She painted intricate pieces to relieve stress.
- She created pieces with violent meanings and often times protagonist women. Pieces such as "Judith slaying Holofernes, Cleopatra, and Minerva" are well known.
- Genetileschi painted pieces for the Medici family.
Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.
O'NEILL, MARY. "Artemisia's Moment : AFTER BEING ECLIPSED FOR CENTURIES BY HER FATHER, ORAZIO, ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI, THE BOLDEST FEMALE PAINTER OF HER TIME, GETS HER DUE." Smithsonian, May 2002, p. 52. Gale Biography In Context, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=GPS&sw=w&u=bedf0311&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CA85473668&it=r&asid=21930c1767564fcd4e08453c39477333. Accessed 5 Dec. 2016.