Artemisia Gentileschi

Probably the first great female Italian painter, Artemisia Gentileschi was a reference in the development of the painting of the 1600s. She was the first female painter to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence, at a time when women did not have the possibility of studying anatomy or drawing from life (it was considered unacceptable for a lady to view nudes). Per the custom at that time it was impossible for female painters to hire models or teachers as their sole presence in the female painter’s atelier could ruin her reputation. Today she is considered one of the most accomplished painters in the generation after Caravaggio.

Posted on August 2, 2015 .