Artemesia Gentileschi
1593-1693

Renaissance painter, long neglected, who has received much attention lately, both as a fine woman painter, and as a rape victim who made paintings about victimization, and about strong women resisting aggression. By her mid-teens she was making technically superb and emotionally powerful paintings, in touch with realities of renaissance life that other painters do not portray. For a discussion of "Susanna and the Elders", arguing convincingly that she did actually paint it in her mid-teens, and pointing out many of its unique features, read Mary Garrard, "Artemisia and Susanna", in The Expanding Discourse: Feminism and Art History (Broude & Garrard, eds: Boulder, CO, Westview Press, 1992). The recent movie "Artemisia" badly distorts the facts of her life, making her victimizer look like her lover. Here are some links to websites about her life and work:

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~drbrash/artemisia/index.html

http://www.u.arizona.edu/ic/mcbride/ws200/gentil.htm

"Susanna and the Elders"