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Artemisia Gentileschi: Painting Against the Odds

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0449
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Self-Portrait as a Lute Player by Artemisia Gentileschi, ca. 1615 (Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art)

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1656) is today considered one of the most important women artists of the Baroque period as well as one of the greatest women in the world of art in general. She worked against all odds at a time when art was dominated by men, becoming the first woman to be accepted by the Academy of the Arts in Florence.

Gentileschi specialized in painting women, depicting their strong characters and important roles in history—as seen in dramatic works that portray biblical heroines. She built a reputation as one of Europe's most sought-after artists, enjoying patronage from Charles I and Michelangelo’s grandnephew, Buonarroti il Giovane, among others.  Several of her artworks are studied and analyzed by art historian Joseph Paul Cassar with a focus on her training in the workshop of her father, Orazio Gentileschi, who knew Caravaggio.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.