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The Pioneers

Artemisia Gentileschi

1593 - 1652

Artemisia Gentileschi was an Italian Baroque painter working in the early 17th century. Artemisia was only seventeen when she painted Susanna and the Elders (1610), an arresting painting that shows a nude Susanna twisting from the grip of her rapists. Artemisia herself was raped as a young woman. Her depictions of brutal historical and biblical events throb with rage and reverberate with trauma. Painted in glorious chiarascuro, it is these paintings that made Artemisia one of Europe's most sought-after artists. Read more