Artemisia Gentileschi

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Artemisia Gentileschi

Unlike many female professional painters of the time she did not confine her work merely to still lifes and small devotional pictures, but instead took on large historical themes, which she came to paint with considerable depth of feeling.Many generations of connoisseurs, too, have seen in her account a psychological depth and rage arising from her unfortunate mishandling at the hands of men reason for how she portrays men in her paintings.

"Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes"

Artemisia was the only woman of that time to consistently and successfully tackle religious and historical scenarios on canvas.

Sources "Artemisia Gentileschi." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Vol. 22. Detroit: Gale, 2002. Student Resources in Context. Web. 29 Sept. 2014."The Caravaggisti." Arts and Humanities Through the Eras. Ed. Edward I. Bleiberg, et al. Vol. 5: The Age of the Baroque and Enlightenment 1600-1800. Detroit: Gale, 2005. 473-476. Student Resources in Context. Web. 29 Sept. 2014."Artemisia Gentileschi." Bio. A'E Television Networks, 2014. Web. 01 Oct. 2014.

"Susanna and the Elders"

Artemisia Gentileschi


Lasting Impact

Interesting Facts

July 8th 1593 - Born1609- "Madonna and Child"1612 - Accused Orazio of raping 1612- Rape trialNov 1612 - Married Pietro Antonio di Vincenzo Stiattesi1625-1630 - "Celebrated Woman Painter"1653 - Died

Artemidia was the daughter of the painter Orazio Gentileschi and was trained by him. By the time Artemidia was a teenager she was painting masterpieces in her father's studio. Around this time Agostino Tassi, one of her painting teachers, raped her, and her father soon sued. As a result of the publicity the trial generated, Artemisia was quickly married off to a Florentine, and the couple moved immediately to Florence. It was directly after her marriage she painted one of her undeniable masterpieces, Judith Beheading Holofernes, a subject that is distinguished by an opulent drapery style, with spirited highlights. In this story from the Apocrypha, Judith triumphs over the Assyrian conqueror Holofernes and saves Judea by getting the general drunk in his tent. She then proceeds to behead him. Gentileschi's portrayal of the account is gruesomely realistic.


"Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting"


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