Historical Fiction about Women Painters
Chapter 3. Interpreting the Paintings of Artemisia Gentileschi: Biography as Feminist Art Criticism
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INTERPRETING THE PAINTINGS OF ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI
Biography as Feminist Art Criticism
“You think me pitiful, because a woman’s name raises doubtsuntil her work is seen…I shall not bore you any longer with thiswomanly chatter. The works will speak for themselves…And Iwill show Your Most Illustrious Lordship what a woman can do,hoping to give you the greatest pleasure…you will find the spiritof Caesar in this soul of a woman.”—Artemisia Gentileschi, excerpts from her 1649 letters to art collector Don Antonio Ruffo (Garrard Artemisia Gentileschi: The Image of the Female Hero in Italian Baroque Art 390–392, 394, 397)
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