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Women who do art: Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi was born in 1593 and was an Italian Baroque painter.

Here are some interesting facts about Gentileschi (directly quoted) from an article on Mental floss:

Many of Artemisia Gentileschi’s paintings are retellings of biblical stories from the women’s perspectives.
In 1616, she joined the Florentine Academia del Disegno as its very first female member.
When her marriage fell apart, Artemisia became the head of her own household and raised her daughter, Prudenza (who also painted), by herself.
– […] Artemisia was the first woman who managed to live exclusively by her brush. She evidently made “a splendid income,” with patronage from the Medici family and King Charles I.


This is Judith Beheading Holofernes, one of the mentioned retellings of biblical stories:


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