National Gallery, London

Artemisia

with curator Letizia Treves

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"I have been living with Artemisia for two years," quips Letizia Treves, the Sassoon Curator of Later Italian Paintings at the National Gallery in London. Art lovers the world over are now wanting to know what Artemisia was like to live with! Treves's exhibition 'Artemisia' looks at 'Artemisia in the round' – as an artist of acumen… who had the guts to 'turn up the volume on Caravaggio', as she claimed canvases for history's greatest female protagonists – and made them wear her own face.

"A woman's name raises doubts, until her work is seen..." the artist wrote in a 1649 letter. Some 370 years later, the world is finally ready to see her art as never before. Britain's first major monographic on the artist spans her 40-year career, including her first and last works – both Susanna and the Elders – the first of which she painted at age 17. Simply titled 'Artemisia', the exhibition explores an artist who is growing into her name, when it comes to recognition amongst the modern-day museum-going public.

This event was sponsored by AWA and organised in conjunction with The Florentine.

Artemisia's heroines
Artemisia's heroines

Installation view of 'Artemisia' (3 October 2020 – 24 January 2021) curated by Letizia Treves The National Gallery, London

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View of Artemisia's groundbreaking London show
View of Artemisia's groundbreaking London show

Installation view of 'Artemisia' (3 October 2020 – 24 January 2021) curated by Letizia Treves The National Gallery, London

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A spotlight on Artemisia's Judiths
A spotlight on Artemisia's Judiths

Installation view of 'Artemisia' (3 October 2020 – 24 January 2021) curated by Letizia Treves The National Gallery, London

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Proceedings of Agostino Tassi's trial for the rape of Artemisia Gentileschi, 1612
Proceedings of Agostino Tassi's trial for the rape of Artemisia Gentileschi, 1612

Manuscript, the Governor's Tribunal State Archive of Rome Exhibited at 'Artemisia' (3 October 2020 – 24 January 2021) curated by Letizia Treves The National Gallery, London

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The right hand of Artemisia Gentileschi holding a brush, 1625
The right hand of Artemisia Gentileschi holding a brush, 1625

Pierre Dumonstier The British Museum, London Exhibited at 'Artemisia' (3 October 2020 – 24 January 2021) The National Gallery, London

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Artemisia's Cleopatra, 1633-35
Artemisia's Cleopatra, 1633-35

Private Collection Exhibited at 'Artemisia' (3 October 2020 – 24 January 2021) curated by Letizia Treves The National Gallery, London

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Artemisia's Danaë, c. 1612
Artemisia's Danaë, c. 1612

Saint Louis Art Museum Exhibited at 'Artemisia' (3 October 2020 – 24 January 2021) curated by Letizia Treves The National Gallery, London

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Corisca and the Satyr, Artemisia Gentileschi,1635-37
Corisca and the Satyr, Artemisia Gentileschi,1635-37

Private collection, Italy Exhibited at 'Artemisia' (3 October 2020 – 24 January 2021) curated by Letizia Treves The National Gallery, London

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Esther before Ahasuerus, Artemisia Gentileschi, c. 1628-30, detail
Esther before Ahasuerus, Artemisia Gentileschi, c. 1628-30, detail

Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibited at 'Artemisia' (3 October 2020 – 24 January 2021) curated by Letizia Treves The National Gallery, London

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