Artemesi Gentileschi Essay

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Artemesi Gentileschi was born in 1593 in Rome, Italy. Gentileschi was known for one of the greatest female painters of the Baroque period. She was the daughter of a well-known Roman artist, Orazio Gentileschi. Gentileschi received some early training from her father up until the art academies rejected her. After being rejected, she started studying again under one of her fathers close friends, Agostino Tassi. She lost her mother when she was only twelve years old and then suffered another tragedy soon later. Tassi, her father’s friend, raped Gentileschi, which was taken to trial and lasted for seven months. The trauma that she experienced after the rape influenced her painting, which incorporated physical elements and psychotic feelings…show more content…
These painting incorporate a chiaroscuro theme by the light and the dark color in the painting. These painting are from the biblical story of Judith’s encounter with Holofernes. The picture depicting Judith and her maidservant cutting off his head expresses a lot of anger that Gentileschi has for her rapist, Tassi. It is obvious that this painting is aimed toward her rapist because of how it is depicted and how recent it was produced after her rape. This picture depicts a violent assault by a woman to an invader in her home. This painting is very brutal because the sword is held right beside his neck and blood is dripping from his shoulder and neck. Gentileschi incorporates the sword and blood to express her emotional feelings that she is keeping inside of her about Tassi. Another painting, that is a little less brutal, shows two women trying to escape a murder scene. This could demonstrate her thoughts about the actions she wants to make toward Tassi and that she just wants to run away after. Both painting both incorporate the anger and hatred that Gentileschi has toward Tassi and they both demonstrate how she will never be able to forgive him for what he did to her many years

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