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Artemisia Gentileschi: Daughter of Rome, Painter of Europe Chantal Brotherton-Radcliffe Thursday 23 January 2020

Artemisia Gentileschi was a baroque Italian painter of the seventeenth century and one of the most accomplished following the death of Caravaggio. She was a rarity in that she was one of only a few women painters. Born in 1593, her father was the artist Orazio Gentileschi. Chantal showed us paintings by each of them side by side. In some cases they painted similar subjects but used different techniques. Artemisia’s subjects were mostly savage. One of her most famous paintings is Judith slaying Holofernes – a gruesome beheading. This is now in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and it forms part of the group of subjects art critics have called the ‘Power of Women’ which show women triumphing over men. She used rich colours to paint sumptuous robes which were very striking. Artemisia painted voluptuous women and used herself as the model for many of her paintings. Susanna and the Elders and Judith and her Maidservant are well-known paintings of the same period.

She moved between Rome, Florence, Naples and London. Her work reflects the different tastes of these cities. She was the first woman to become a member of The Academia d’Arte del Designo in Florence and had an international clientele. it is thought she died in the Plague that swept Naples in 1656.

Chantal’s talk was well delivered. She spoke clearly without notes, displayed an excellent choice of slides showing a clear time line. Her enthusiasm and humour made the lecture most entertaining and was well received by her audience.

Elaine Leaver
Programme Secretary