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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

1610
Self-portrait as a Female Martyr, Artemisia Gentileschi

Self-portrait as a Female Martyr

1615
Self-Portrait as a Lute Player, Artemisia Gentileschi

Self-Portrait as a Lute Player

1615-1617
Judith and her Maidservant, Artemisia Gentileschi

Judith and her Maidservant

1618-1619
Jael and Sisera, Artemisia Gentileschi

Jael and Sisera

1620
Judith Beheading Holofernes, Artemisia Gentileschi

Judith Beheading Holofernes

1614-1620
Mary Magdalene, Artemisia Gentileschi

Mary Magdalene

1613-1620
Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes, Artemisia Gentileschi

Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes

1621-1624
Venus and Cupid, Artemisia Gentileschi

Venus and Cupid

1625-1630
Esther before Ahasuerus, Artemisia Gentileschi

Esther before Ahasuerus

1628-1635
The Birth of Saint John the Baptist, Artemisia Gentileschi

The Birth of Saint John the Baptist

1635
Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting, Artemisia Gentileschi

Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting

1638

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