Artemisia Letizia Treves, Sheila Barker, Patrizia Cavazzini, Elizabeth Cropper, Francesca Whitlum-Cooper, Francesco Solinas, Larry Keith

Publication date:
24 Mar 2020
National Gallery London
256 pages: 305 x 241mm
140 b-w + color illus.
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The catalogue accompanying the blockbuster exhibition at The National Gallery, London, which The Guardian has called 'epochal' and 'superbly curated'

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1654 or later) is the most celebrated woman artist of the baroque period in Italy. Her career spanned more than 40 years, as she moved between Rome, where she was raised and trained by her father, Orazio Gentileschi, to Florence, where she gained artistic independence and became the first female member of the city’s academy of artists, and to Venice, London, and Naples. Often featuring heroic female subjects, her paintings were predominantly intended for private clients. Today they are recognized for their dramatic power and originality, showing Artemisia to be one of the most compelling storytellers of her time. This beautiful book includes essays on her life and career; a discussion of her personal and artistic relationship with her father; a summary of critical writings and an overview of the wide range of approaches to Artemisia’s work since her rediscovery by feminist art historians more than 50 years ago; a more personal insight into Artemisia through her letters; a discussion of the artist’s self-representation in her work; and an essay dedicated to her painting technique.

Letizia Treves is James and Sarah Sassoon Curator of Later Italian, Spanish, and French 17th-Century Paintings at the National Gallery, London.

National Gallery, London
(October 3, 2020–January 24, 2021)

“This catalogue not only presents us with pictures of her paintings (including a number that are not in this exhibition), but also with images of works by her art-historical influencers as well as close-ups and x-radiographic revelations.”—Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times ‘Best Art Books of the Year 2020’

“This Baroque painter put herself on the front lines of her dramatic tableaux. This catalog’s new scholarship reveals how Gentileschi blended self-portraiture and allegory . . . There is much more to Gentileschi than the violence she depicted: This book also reproduces recently discovered letters to a lover, swearing, ‘I am yours as long as I draw breath.’”—Jason Farago, New York Times (“Best Art Books of 2020”)

“Gentileschi was a celebrity in her own lifetime who achieved autonomous success in a field monopolized by men, thanks to her extraordinary talent, invention and personal resilience. This covetable volume contains a catalogue of her pictures and six exemplary, jargon free essays casting light on how she became the most celebrated woman artist of the age.”—Elizabeth Lowry, Times Literary Supplement 'Books of the Year'

“The published catalogue is a compulsive purchase for its wealth of illustration, information and interpretation.”—Sean Sheehan, Glass Magazine

“Through the careful interpretation of documentary sources and astute analysis of Artemisia's paintings, enriches our understanding of this 'extraordinary artist who led an extraordinary life"—Aoife Brady, The Burlington Magazine