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Artemisia Gentileschi

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Artemisia Gentileschi

Baroque Master


Artemisia Gentileschi also known as Artemisia Lomi (born 1593) was an Italian artist who specialized in Baroque painting.

Today she is considered one of the most accomplished painters in the generation following that of Caravaggio.

In an era when female painters were not easily accepted by the artistic community or patrons, she was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence and had international clientele.

She specialized in painting pictures of strong and suffering women from myths, allegories, and the Bible—victims, suicides, warriors.

Gentileschi who is seen as one of the most skilled painters during her time had a difficult time forging a career as an artist.

Gentileschi went on to be the first woman to be admitted to the Florentine Academy of Fine Arts and she also became the head of the household when she separated from her husband, which was very rare at the time.

Some of her most powerful works, such as Judith Beheading Holofernes and The Conversion of the Magdalene, focus on the females rather than their male counterparts.

She was known for being able to convincingly depict the female figure, anywhere between nude and fully clothed. Artemisia was also famous for her skill and talent in handling color, both overall in the composition but also in building depth.

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