Woman and painter are two categories that could not go hand in hand in the seventeenth century. Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was an extraordinary woman and painter, which to this day makes her an important figure in art history and a strong symbol of female emancipation.
Daughter of painter Orazio Gentileschi, Artemisia was born in Rome and learned how to paint in her father’s workshop following a style known as new Caravaggio naturalism. Artemisia’s talent soon took her to Florence, at the court of Cosimo II de’ Medici (Grand Duke of Tuscany), and led to her becoming the first woman in history admitted to the Academy of Design. Artemisia is best known and admired for her powerful and unique ability to portray the human body, and her desire to be free from the confines of portraits and still life drawing (considered more appropriate for the few female artists of the time) and address complex, historical, religious and mythological issues. Courageous and determined, Artemisia succeeded in being an artist and making a living from her work at a time when this was unthinkable for women.
An exhibition at Palazzo Braschi in Rome pays her due homage with approximately 100 pieces, including work from contemporaries who were inspired by her or inspired her aesthetics in turn, in a web of references and influences that tells us a lot about art history and an era rich with historical and artistic turbulence.
Museum of Rome, Palazzo Braschi
From November 30th 2016 to May 7th 2017
Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm
Information and booking: Telephone 06 0608 (daily 9am to 9pm)