Artemisia (The National Gallery London)
Letizia Treves (Ed.), Sheila Barker, Patrizia Cavazzini, Elizabeth Cropper, Larry Keith, Francesco Solinas, Francesca Whitlum-Cooper
National Gallery Company Ltd, 2020
The first exhibition catalogue dedicated only to Artemisia Gentileschi.
Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1654 or later) is the most celebrated woman artist of the baroque period in Italy. Her career spanned more than 40 years, as she moved between Rome, where she was raised and trained by her father, Orazio Gentileschi, to Florence, where she gained artistic independence and became the first female member of the city’s academy of artists, and to Venice, London and Naples. Often featuring heroic female subjects, her paintings were predominantly intended for private clients. Today they are recognised for their dramatic power and originality, showing Artemisia to be one of the most compelling storytellers of her time. This beautiful book includes an essay on her life and career; a discussion of her personal and artistic relationship with her father; a summary of critical writings and an overview of the wide range of approaches to Artemisia’s work since her rediscovery by feminist art historians more than 50 years ago; a more personal insight into Artemisia through her letters; a discussion of the artist’s self-representation in her work; and an essay dedicated to her painting technique.