Lorraine Huddle

Artemisia Gentileschi

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Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1656) a baroque artist, has been rediscovered in recent years. Lorraine Huddle looks at her art.

Old Mistresses’, Rozsika Parker and Griselda Pollock, 1981, highlighted how women artists had been erased from art history in the 20th century. As the title of the book suggests, the female version of an ‘Old Master’ has a very different connotation. Female artists, if mentioned at all by art historians, were treated as aberrations of femininity and never as able as men to make serious art. It was a revelation to many of us just how many amazing women artists there had been: ‘Old Mistresses’— hidden from art history and hidden from view. Chief among them was Artemisia Gentilischi.

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