Friday 23 October 2020

The National Gallery - Painting powerful women


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Detail from Artemisia Gentileschi, 'Judith and her Maidservant', about 1615-17. Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti, Florence (398) © Gabinetto fotografico delle Gallerie degli Uffizi

"I will show Your Illustrious Lordship what a woman can do"

Despite living in a world dominated by men, Artemisia put women at the forefront of her work. Uncover the dramatic stories of the heroines she empowered through her paintings.

Plus, start exploring our collaboration with Google Arts & Culture and see how her depictions of famous figures, including herself, continue to inspire women today.

Detail from Artemisia Gentileschi, 'Esther before Ahasuereus', about 1628-30. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Elinor Dorrance Ingersoll, 1969 (69.281) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Five heroines

Artemisia tackled big historical and biblical subjects, with her own distinct style, empowering the women she portrayed – meet Susannah, Judith, Cleopatra, Lucretia and Esther.   

From Google Arts & Culture

FKA twigs Art zoom © Google Arts and Culture / Detail from Artemisia Gentileschi, 'Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy', about 1620-5. Private European collection © Photo: Dominique Provost Art Photography - Bruges

Inspiring women today

British singer/songwriter FKA twigs guides you through Artemisia's paintings.  

Detail from Artemisia Gentileschi, 'Self Portrait as a Lute Player', about 1615-18. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT Charles H. Schwartz Endowment Fund 2014.4.1 ©️ Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Putting herself in the picture

How did Artemisia see herself? Take a closer look at her self portraits and discover a life intertwined with art.