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Artemisia Gentileschi

Italian Baroque painter

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Movements and Styles: The Baroque, Mannerism

Born: July 8, 1593 - Rome, Italy

Died: c. 1656 - Naples, Italy

"My illustrious lordship, I'll show you what a woman can do."

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Centuries ahead of her time, Artemisia Gentileschi was one of the first and only female artists to achieve success in the seventeenth century. Following in the footsteps of Caravaggio, her Baroque paintings were some of the most dramatic and dynamic of her generation and she became known for her realism, her accomplished use of chiaroscuro, and for placing women and their stories at the center of all her images. Her surviving works present a unique personal perspective on the cultural and social norms of the period, norms which she often intentionally inverted, using her position as an artist to comment on the male-dominated nature of society and to place an alternative focus on female agency.

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