ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI IN THE
NATIONAL GALLERY LONDON SOON
For the first time in the UK, a major monographic exhibition will explore the work of
Artemisia Gentileschi. However, due to the Corona circumstances, the National Gallery
has been obliged to postpone the forthcoming Artemisia exhibition. They hope to open ‘Artemisia’
as soon as possible (it was planned for this month), but due to the rapidly changing worldwide situation,
they cannot currently give a specific date. Therefor, an online preview by VITA DI LUSSO!
GIRLPOWER IN THE BAROK PERIOD
Artemisia was an Italian Baroque painter, now considered one of the most accomplished seventeenth-century artists working in the dramatic style of Caravaggio. She was known for being able to depict the female figure with great naturalism and for her skill in handling colour to express dimension and drama.
In an era when women had few opportunities to pursue artistic training or work as professional artists, Artemisia was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence and had an international clientele.
Artemisia specialized in scenes of female heroines and stories centred on women from myths, allegories, and the Bible, including victims, suicides, and warriors. Some of her best known subjects are Susanna and the Elders, Judith Slaying Holofernesand Judith and Her Maidservant.
The inspiration for this exhibition is the National Gallery’s recent acquisition of Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria’, the first painting by the artist to enter a UK public collection.
At a time when women artists were not easily accepted, Artemisia Gentileschi was exceptional. Her career spanned more than 40 years and she gained fame and admiration across Europe, counting leading rulers among her patrons.
Although Artemisia was greatly admired during her lifetime, she was essentially rediscovered in the 20th century. Certain elements of her biography – particularly her rape as a young woman and the torture she endured during the trial that followed – have sometimes overshadowed discussions about her artistic achievements, but today she is recognised as one of the most gifted painters of the Italian Baroque period. Her art and life continue to inspire novels, films, documentaries, musical and theatrical productions.
Artemisia will present a highly selective survey of the artist’s career, bringing together around thirty of her works from both public institutions and private collections around the world – the majority of the loans in the exhibition have never been seen in the UK before.