Monday, April 12, 2010

In Honour of Artemisia

Artemisia Gentileschi was one of the leading painters of her time. She was trained by her father, Orazio Lomi Gentileschias, artist, follower of Caravaggio and court painter for Charles I of England.

Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting

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.

During the arc of Artemisia’s life as a painter there was a growth of naturalism which led to an emphasis on the depiction of courage and physical prowess, she flourished in this technique.

Mary Magdalene

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.

'Lucretia' this is my personal favorite

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.

'Judith Slaying Holofernes' this is her opus magnum

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,


  1. A great painter, in a time where there weren't many like her

  2. Very intense. You see the motif of the work and it's a little bit garish, but then, as you said, it leads to a whole new era.

  3. It would have been so easy for her to become discouraged and turn to other things. I'm so glad she didn't! I find the expressions on the faces of the women in 'Judith Slaying Holofernes' very intriguing.

  4. Bold and unique. "A" was not afraid to take chances with her art. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed this very much.

  5. Not exactly a bundle of fun, was she! I wonder who chose her subject matter.

    Bisou, Cro.

  6. these are beautiful and striking. thanks for sharing.

  7. Great post, Simone! All the more reason to feel good as woman... (^_^) oxx

  8. In my local pub, there is a print of 'Judith Slaying Holofernes' on the wall, and the caption underneath reads, "Never, EVER mess with our female bar-staff."

  9. Hello

    Thank you so much for this lovely post about Artemisia Gentileschi!! I didn't know her well: I only knew her name. Many painters have drawn Judith. I have never seen her Judith before. It is really good! Judith's facial expression is beyond words. I like Klimt's Judith too. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Dear Simone!-)*
    Thtank you so much for these post,for sharing these beautiful paintings and you story!

    I like'' Marie Magdaline'',this painting speeks me very much!

    Many hugs and Love,