Artemisia Gentileschi By: ZOe Michaud

Artemisia Gentileshi

Atemisia Gentileschi was born in Rome, Italy on July 8th 1953, the daughter of Orazio Gentileschi and Prudentia Montone.

Gentileschi spent her time in Rome learning to be an artist under the teaching of her father.

Artemisia had little to no schooling, and only learned to write and read once she was an adult. Her father trained her from a young age to become an artist, but like most woman was denied an apprenticeship. But, her father used his influence, and allowed her to learn from artists such as Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Later in her life, Artemisia became the first woman ever admitted into the Accademia dell’Arte del Disegno in Florence.

Her father Orazio Gentileschi, an artist, trained her from a young age to follow in his footsteps and become a painter. She was raised soley by her father because her mother, Prudentia Monotone Gentileschi, died when she was very young. Later at the age of 18 Agostino Tassi, an artist teaching Gentileschi perspective, raped and abused her.

Artemisia created paintings of dramatic realism such as Susanna and the elders, Judith Beheading Holofernes, and Virgin and Child.

Although Artemisia was influenced by many artists of Rome, her patron was her father, Orazio Gentilesch.

Piece: Judith Beheading Holofernes

Created: 1598-1599

Located: Rome, Italy's Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica.

This piece is significant because it shows feminism, with a woman having power over a man, during the renaissance woman did not have power. In addition to this, the piece is secular, or does not relate to god.

I find this piece interesting because Artemisia was a victim of rape, and used her rage to illustrate a picture of her power over a man. The painting shows a violent act in a graceful way, almost as if it is nonchalant that a murder is taking place.

Judith Beheading Holofernes preaches Individualism because she is showing that she does not need a man, and in this time a woman without a man was unthinkable. The women in the picture show the desire to become individuals, by the determined look on their faces.

Works Cited

Parker, Christine. "The Life and Art of Artemisia Gentileschi." The Life and Art of Artemisia Gentileschi. Larry Brash, 2 Sept. 1999. Web. 04 Dec. 2016.

"Artemisia Gentileschi - Biography & Art - The Art History Archive." Artemisia - Biography & Art - The Art History Archive. The Art History Archive, n.d. Web. 04 Dec.2016.

"Judith Slaying Holofernes (Artemisia Gentileschi)." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 3 Nov. 2016. Web. 04 Dec. 2016.

Gentileshci, Artemesia. Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1598. 05 Dec. 2016


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