Artemisia Gentileschi  

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Artemisia Gentileschi (July 8 15931651/1653) was an Italian early Baroque painter, today considered one of the most accomplished painters in the generation influenced by Caravaggio (Caravaggisti). In an era when women painters were not easily accepted by the artistic community, she was the first female painter to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence.

She was one of the first female artists to paint historical and religious paintings, at a time when such heroic themes were considered beyond a woman's reach.

The 1997 film Artemisia, directed by Agnès Merlet and starring Valentina Cervi, was loosely based on this painter's life, but inaccurately portrayed the relationship between Tassi and Artemisia as a passionate affair rather than as rape. The Passion of Artemisia, recently published in Italy by Susan Vreeland, positions itself in the wave of the popularity of the feminist account of Artemisia Gentileschi.



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