This video shows art by Artemisia Gentileschi, with music by Bach.
Translated from Dutch Vivant magazine, #3, 2006, p. 18, by Peter Huys (that article has also information on other women artists; it is part of my sources for this series of blog entries):
Her choice of subjects made Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652) the heroine of 1960s feminism.
The way in which she made a break with the image of the ‘beautiful woman painter’ (lots of money, highly educated, no work to do), inspired many novelists and dramatists in that time.
Her self-portrait as ‘La Pittura’ (the art of painting) shows a modern approach; what a composition!
What an angle!
Art historians are still asking themselves how she managed this technically.
That is only possible, they suppose, if she used three-way mirrors. and even then …
Her looks are alert and focused, her attitude is active, and the dress is practical, especially not lady-like.
She specializes in scenes in which women have a dominant part.
Her daring did not harm her: in 1616, Gentileschi became the first woman ever joining the Accademia del Disegno, the prestigious art academy in Florence.
How the feminist passion for Artemisia Gentileschi’s life story risks overwhelming her artistic talent.
More women artists: here.
- Artemisia Will Cut You. Figuratively. (beamagazine.wordpress.com)
- Women of the World Unite Against Body Image (prweb.com)
- Let It All Out (makesomethingmondays.wordpress.com)
- WomenArts Advocates for Women Artists Worldwide and Leads Annual International Celebration (prweb.com)