Artemisia - the exhibition catalogue from National Gallery available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Artemisia

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'A rape survivor and proto-feminist heroine, Gentileschi was a celebrity in her own lifetime who achieved autonomous success in a field monopolized by men, thanks to her extraordinary talent, invention and personal resilience. This covetable volume contains a catalogue of her pictures and six exemplary, jargon-free essays casting light on how she became the most celebrated woman artist of the age.' - TLS

The first exhibition catalogue dedicated 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 recognized for their dramatic power and originality, showing Artemisia to be one of the most compelling storytellers of her time.

This beautiful book includes essays 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.

Reprint is due for release mid December and available for pre-orders,


Details
  • Author: Letizia Treves, James and Sarah Sassoon Curator of Later Italian, Spanish, and French 17th-Century Paintings at the National Gallery, London.
  • Hardcover: 256 pages |140 colour and black white illustrations
  • Date published: March 2020
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1857096569
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.1 cm
Reviews

'This catalog’s new scholarship reveals how Gentileschi blended self-portraiture and allegory, in paintings of herself as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, or in her gruesome “Judith Beheading Holofernes,” painted just after the notorious trial of the fellow artist who raped her. There is much more to Gentileschi than the violence she depicted: This book also reproduces recently discovered letters to a lover, swearing, “I am yours as long as I draw breath.”' - New York Times

'A rape survivor and proto-feminist heroine, Gentileschi was a celebrity in her own lifetime who achieved autonomous success in a field monopolized by men, thanks to her extraordinary talent, invention and personal resilience. This covetable volume contains a catalogue of her pictures and six exemplary, jargon-free essays casting light on how she became the most celebrated woman artist of the age.' - TLS


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