Artemisia (Hardcover)

By Letizia Treves, Sheila Barker (Contributions by), Patrizia Cavazzini (Contributions by), Elizabeth Cropper (Contributions by), Francesca Whitlum-Cooper (Contributions by), Francesco Solinas (Contributions by), Larry Keith (Contributions by)

National Gallery London, 9781857096569, 256pp.

Publication Date: May 19, 2020

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The first exhibition catalogue dedicated only to Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1654 or later) is the most celebrated woman artist of the baroque period in Italy. Her career spanned more than 40 years, as she moved between Rome, where she was raised and trained by her father, Orazio Gentileschi, to Florence, where she gained artistic independence and became the first female member of the city’s academy of artists, and to Venice, London, and Naples. Often featuring heroic female subjects, her paintings were predominantly intended for private clients. Today they are recognized for their dramatic power and originality, showing Artemisia to be one of the most compelling storytellers of her time. This beautiful book includes essays on her life and career; a discussion of her personal and artistic relationship with her father; a summary of critical writings and an overview of the wide range of approaches to Artemisia’s work since her rediscovery by feminist art historians more than 50 years ago; a more personal insight into Artemisia through her letters; a discussion of the artist’s self-representation in her work; and an essay dedicated to her painting technique.

About the Author

Letizia Treves is James and Sarah Sassoon Curator of Later Italian, Spanish, and French 17th-Century Paintings at the National Gallery, London.