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Artemisia Gentileschi
Heads will roll

Artemisia Gentileschi, The ArtistsJudith Beheading Holofernes
Portrait of Artemisia Gentileschi

“I have made a solemn vow never to send my drawings because people have cheated me. In particular, just today I found...that, having done a drawing of souls in Purgatory for the Bishop of St. Gata, he, in order to spend less, commissioned another painter to do the painting using my work. If I were a man, I can't imagine it would have turned out this way.”

— Artemisia Gentileschi, from a letter to her patron Don Antonio Ruffo, November 13, 1649. Quoted in History of Art, Sixth Edition (2001) by H.W. Janson and Anthony F. Janson.

Reed Enger, "Artemisia Gentileschi, Heads will roll," in Obelisk Art History, Published January 26, 2016; last modified May 21, 2018, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/artemisia-gentileschi/.

Artemisia Gentileschi was an Italian Female Artist born on July 8, 1593. Gentileschi contributed to the Baroque movement and died in 1656.

Susanna and the Elders, Artemisia Gentileschi

Susanna and the Elders

Self-portrait as a Female Martyr, Artemisia Gentileschi

Self-portrait as a Female Martyr

Self-Portrait as a Lute Player, Artemisia Gentileschi

Self-Portrait as a Lute Player

Judith and her Maidservant, Artemisia Gentileschi

Judith and her Maidservant

Jael and Sisera, Artemisia Gentileschi

Jael and Sisera

Judith Beheading Holofernes, Artemisia Gentileschi

Judith Beheading Holofernes

Mary Magdalene, Artemisia Gentileschi

Mary Magdalene

Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes, Artemisia Gentileschi

Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes

Venus and Cupid, Artemisia Gentileschi

Venus and Cupid

Esther before Ahasuerus, Artemisia Gentileschi

Esther before Ahasuerus

The Birth of Saint John the Baptist, Artemisia Gentileschi

The Birth of Saint John the Baptist

Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting, Artemisia Gentileschi

Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting


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