Museum Bookstore I Know What I Am : The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition catalogue

I Know What I Am : The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi

Regular price £25.99 £0.00
Tax included. Shipping calculated at checkout.

'Siciliano's meticulously penned panels carry thoughtful historical context and emotional urgency. This impressive debut is the detailed, passionate scholarly portrait that Gentileschi deserves' - Publishers Weekly

A beautiful graphic novel that interweaves Artemisia’s biography with the broader social, cultural and historical contexts of her time

In 17th century Rome, where women are expected to be chaste and yet are viewed as prey by powerful men, the extraordinary painter Artemisia Gentileschi fends off constant sexual advances as she works to become one of the greatest painters of her generation.

Frustrated by the hypocritical social mores of her day, Gentileschi releases her anguish through her paintings and, against all odds, becomes a groundbreaking artist. Meticulously rendered in ballpoint pen, this gripping graphic biography serves as an art history lesson and a coming-of-age story. Resonant in the #MeToo era, I Know What I Am highlights a fierce artist who stood up to a shameful social status quo.

Details
  • Author: Gina Siciliano
  • Hardcover: 232 pages | 232 illustrations
  • Date of publication: June 2019
  • ISBN: 978-1683962113
  • Dimensions: 29.8 x 19.7 cm
Reviews

'Siciliano's meticulously penned panels carry thoughtful historical context and emotional urgency. This impressive debut is the detailed, passionate scholarly portrait that Gentileschi deserves' Publishers Weekly

'Without falling prey to the trope of artistic achievement through trauma, this intensely detailed visual biography does justice to a still undervalued artist' - Hyperallergic

'Siciliano’s exquisite craftsmanship is clear on every page of this consistently engrossing volume, which portrays the artist’s plight with affection and urgency.' - Library Journal

'Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi led a fascinating, richly productive artistic life in a period not well known for women painters. This information-dense graphic biography does an excellent job of putting her life and career in its historical and cultural context, a period of tumultuous change and sometimes violently competitive groups of rival artists. Siciliano's portraits and renditions of paintings have marvelous fine detail, made all the more impressive by her medium: ballpoint pen' - Booklist