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“Judith Slaying Holofernes” by Artemisia Gentileschi
Considered to be one of the Greatest Paintings Ever. For analysis and explanation of other important pictures from the Renaissance, see: Famous Paintings Analyzed Among the most famous female Old Masters of the 17th century, Artemisia Gentileschi was the daughter of Orazio Gentileschi and the first woman artist to be elected a member of the Academy of Art in Florence Accademia dell'Arte del Disegno. Greatly admired by art collectors and fellow academicians, for her vivid and sometimes violent Biblical art , she specialized in the 'Judith and Holofernes' story. The two best known versions are in the Capodimonte Museum and the Uffizi As a painter she was heavily influenced by Caravaggism and its founder Caravaggio , who happened to be a friend of her father and who also produced his own version of this Biblical story - see: Judith Beheading Holofernes , Palazzo Barberini, Rome. Unfortunately, as a young woman, Artemisia was raped by one of her father's assistants - Agostino Tassi
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One of the most famous and skilled painters of the Baroque era, Artemisia Gentileschi was centuries ahead of her time. Among the first women artists to achieve success in the 17th century, she brought to her work an electric sense of narrative drama and a unique perspective that both celebrated and humanized strong women characters. Rediscovered by feminist art historians in the past few decades, Gentileschi has inspired a spate of books, both scholarly and popular, and a number of films. But it is the sensational painting Judith Slaying Holofernes c. Within months of the conclusion of the trial, Artemisia was quickly married and moved to Florence with her new husband.
Artemisia Gentileschi was an Italian painter, considered as one of the most accomplished and, most famous women painter, of the 17th century after Caravaggio. In an era when female painters were not easily accepted, she was the first female painter to become a member of the Accademia di Arti del Disegno in Florence. Of this dramatic case, concluding predictably with the humiliation of Artemisia, documentation does exist and today is often taken as a symbol of the violence women have had to endure for centuries. Unfortunately, those events often seem to overshadow her achievements as an artist and for long was regarded as a curiosity. Fortunately, today her work is being reevaluated and considered one of the most progressive of her generation.
So says Judith, a young Jew from Bethulia, in the bible when she describes her heroic act that freed the people of Israel from the siege by Nebuchadnezzar's army. Judith went to the encampment of the fierce Holofernes, general of the enemy army, dressed in her best clothes and feigning a wish to forge an alliance. Struck by her beauty, the Assyrian general invited her to a lavish banquet in his tent. After eating and drinking, Holofernes, now drunk, fell asleep on his bed, allowing Judith to seize her chance to draw her scimitar and strike the deadly blow. In this powerful painting in the Gallery of the Statues and Paintings of the Uffizi, c. The overall effect is both powerful and frightening: the drunk corpulent general is lying on the bed, his head grasped by his hair and the sword plunged into his neck.