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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.

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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Artemisia, Recommended Reading

It's always hard to pick which book to read on a popular artist. Artemisia makes the choice a bit easier by compiling a wide range of essays covering Artemisia Gentileschi's life, technique, and most interestingly—many of her letters.

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