Artemisia was one of the first female artists to paint historical and religious paintings. Despite her talent, Artemisia was denied access to the professional academies for art due to her sex but she would in her lifetime be the first female painter to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence.
One is able to see the growth of art during this period through the arch of one artist catalogue. With works moving from broader narrative themes to a single dramatic moment that emphasized more violent and voyeuristic aspects but then this was true of the entire era.
Popular scenes where taken from the Apocrypha and other ancient text on mythology. In these works I’m able to see the birth of the Romantic Movement that would follow two full centuries later.
For me her work holds a personal significance I cannot explain beyond saying my soul recognize immediately her intent, if that makes any sense.
'Judith and Her Maidservant' and this follows well her opus
All my love,