Thursday, 7 July 2016

FAMOUS ARTIST BIRTHDAY - JULY - ARTEMESIA

SELF PORTRAIT AS A FEMALE MARTYR by Artemesia Gentileschi

Artists born in July include Carolus Duran, Marc Chagall, Artemesia Gentelsci, David Hockney, Camille Pissarro, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Andrew Wyeth, Gustave Klimt, Rembrandt Van Rijn, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Edgar Degas, Judy Chicago, Alexander Calder, Edward Hopper, Alphonse Mucha, Maxfield Parish, Beatrix Potter, Marcel Duchamp and Henry Moore. Wow! Quite and illustrious list. I have linked the ones that I have already blogged about and the rest are yet to come.

Today I will touch on Artemisia.

Artemisia Gentileschi was an Italian Baroque painter, who was one of the most accomplished painters the generation after Caravaggio. Wikipedia
Born: July 8, 1593, Rome, Italy
Died: 1653, Naples, Italy
Period: Baroque

Several documentaries and films have been made about the life of Artemisia. She had an extremely hard time achieving any recognition because she was a woman. Not only that, but she was tortured and nearly starved because she refused to give in to the patriarchal system she was born into. In spite of all that she persevered and has gained a great deal of recognition in recent times.

Because of her reputation and lack of funds, Artemesia was often her own life model. She dressed in costume and used mirrors to see her likeness. She often painted heroines of the past like Cleopatra. The painting above is of a female martyr and it must have been very emotional for her to paint, knowing her history. Personally I think it's one of her best works.