With some 30 works – among them typically visceral depictions of biblical scenes – and a number of recently discovered letters, this long-awaited show explores how Artemisia Gentileschi defied established gender roles to become one of the most successful artists of her time. Find out more from the National Gallery’s website; for an in-depth discussion of the period Artemisia spent in London, read Breeze Barrington’s feature for Apollo here.
Preview below | View Apollo’s Art Diary here
Susannah and the Elders (1610), Artemisia Gentileschi. Photo: © Kunstsammlungen Graf von Schönborn, Pommersfelden
Judith Beheading Holofernes (c. 1613-14), Artemisia Gentileschi. Photo: © Gabinetto fotografico delle Gallerie degli Uffizi
Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (c. 1615–17), Artemisia Gentileschi. Photo: © The National Gallery, London
Susanna and the Elders (1652), Artemisia Gentileschi. Photo: © Pinacoteca Nazionale Bologna
Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy (c. 1620–25), Artemisia Gentileschi. © Photo: Dominique Provost Art Photography – Bruges