The Musée Maillol in Paris is showing an utterly fascinating exhibition about the 17th-century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi until July 15th 2012.
Artemisia Gentileschi was born into a century in which women had the status of a minor, belonging to their father, husband, brothers or sons, throughout their lives. She learned the secrets of her art through her father, the Roman painter Orazio Gentileschi.
In a unique scenic backdrop, you can discover the talent of this artist who, after many personal and professional difficulties, was the first woman to be accepted into the Accademia del Disegno in Florence, therefore gaining her freedom. The show exhibits around sixty paintings, including works by her contemporaries, and demonstrates the virtuosity and technical skills of an artist with a determined temperament and whose expertise was popular with the princes and cardinals of the time but was only rediscovered three centuries later.
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Detail from Giuditta e la fantesca Abra con la testa di Oloferne. Artemisia Gentileschi. 1617-18.
© Studio Fotografico Perotti, Milano/Su concessione del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali