Artemesia Ghentileschi

Artemesia Ghentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi gained international success in her lifetime, which was reignited in the modern era due to fascination with her biography. But her skill and dedication to her craft speaks for itself.

Listen to me! I will perform a deed that will go down from generation to generation.

This was the promise Judith made before she slayed Holofernes. This is a  biblical tale that baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi would return to throughout her career. Artemisia was born in Rome in 1593, and like many women artists of the time, painting was the family business. 

Painting of woman in yellow dress playing a lute

St Cecilia Playing a Lute, c. 1616

Much of what we know about her life is from her family’s court case against the man that raped her. Many art historians see a correlation between her paintings and her biography. But we don’t do that with Caravaggio, Rubens, or even Orazio Gentileschi. 

Artemisia’s work speaks for itself. And like Judith, history continues to remember her as a phenomenal woman.

Painting of women looking out of frame to the right. One is holding a sword, the other is holding a basket with a man's head in

Judith and her Maidservant, 1615

Painting of two women holding a man down on a bed while decapitating him with a sword

Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1620

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