“A Pale Green Mermaid Blog”
Good evening, ahhh Good AFTERNOON! I stoped working on the computer last night when a freaky thunderstorm started… because the last time I worked through a thunderstorm it blew out my modem! So let that be a lesson to you.
Alright, I thought that I would try to discuss an art movement through a specific artist. Today let’s take a look at Artemisia Gentileschi. She received training in painting when her father recognized her talent and allowed the opportunity. She was a contemporary of Rembrandt and an Italian Baroque painter in the post-Renaissance period.
The European Renaissance period of art was from the 14th to 17th centuries, the term means “re-birth “. it included all the arts, science and politics. It looked to the past and built upon it to create a new view of the future. In the Baroque period following the Renaissance painters used intense dramatic expression in the structure of their paintings and emotionally strong subject matter usually, historical.
The statements were bold and simple – look at the painting below,
How does the artist use hands and feet to move your eye through the painting?
Here again she uses simple elements of color and light to make a direct statement about the beheading of Holofernes,
Aretemesia was sexually assaulted by a friend of her father while he was training her in painting and the emotional residue of that event colors her paintings.
There was a trial where her veracity was tested by using a “thumb-screw” on her hand. Some thing to think about, she passed the test and the family friend was deemed guilty.
Self portrait below,
Self-portrait (1630s, Royal Collection, London)
|Birth name||Artemisia Gentileschi|
|Born||July 8, 1593
All Images from WIKIPEDIA
Artemisia Gentileschi (July 8 1593 – 1652/1653) was an Italian Early Baroque painter, today considered one of the most accomplished painters in the generation influenced by Caravaggio. In an era when women painters were not easily accepted by the artistic community, she was the first female painter to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence.
She was one of the first female artists to paint historical and religious paintings, at a time when such heroic themes were considered beyond a woman’s reach. From Wikipedia
Note: Info on Holofernes,
Holofernes (Hebrew, הולופרנס) was an Assyrian invading general of Nebuchadnezzar, who appears in the deuterocanonical Book of Judith. It was said that the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar dispatched Holofernes to take vengeance on the nations of the west that had withheld their assistance to his reign. The general laid siege to Bethulia, commonly believed to be Meselieh, and the city almost surrendered. It was saved by Judith, a beautiful Hebrew widow who entered Holofernes’s camp and seduced him. Judith then beheaded Holofernes while he was drunk. She returned to Bethulia with the disembodied head, and the Hebrews defeated the enemy.
Holofernes is depicted in Geoffrey Chaucer‘s The Monk’s Tale in The Canterbury Tales, and in Dante’s Purgatorio (where Holofernes is to be found on the Terrace of pride). As a painter’s subject it offers the chance to contrast the flesh and jewels of a beautiful, festively attired woman with the grisly victim, an Old Testament parallel to the New Testament vignette of Salome with the head of John the Baptist. FROM WIKIPEDIA
Have a blue-sky day!
www.artemisia-gentileschi.com Nice site with many of her paintings