“My illustrious lordship, I’ll show you what a woman can do.”
The Baroque artist, Artemisia Gentileschi is not known for a light and frothy style. By any standard, Artemisia’s paintings are powerful, her imagery striking.
To begin with, she often chose as her subjects strong women – whether from myth or the Bible. Among the best-known are Susanna, Esther, Judith, and Mary Magdalene . But Artemisia’s own story is compelling.
Born in 1593, Artemisia was introduced to painting by her father, Tuscan artist Orazio Gentileschi .
Rape and Trial
In 1611, Artemisia was raped by fellow artist, Agostino Tassi.
In the expectation that they would be married to restore her honor, Artemisia continued to have sexual relations with Tassi for nine months. When it became clear Tassi would not or could not marry her, Artemisia’s father pressed charges against him. Continue reading