Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting, 1638–39, Royal Collection
Daughter of Orazio Gentileschi. She was kidnapped at 19 and tortured during the subsequent court case to see if she was truthful. Prefers dramatic scenes, often erotic or bloody, with a woman as a victim or gaining revenge. The first female member of the Florentine Academy.
Artemisia Gentileschi’s major works are Judith Slaying Holofernes, c. 1620 (Florence: Galleria degli Uffizi); Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting, 1630s (Royal Collection).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.