The 1638 self-portrait in the poster is by Artemisia Gentileschi. Consider the strength, the concentration and the energy she exhibits. Those were characteristics she needed to carve out a career as an artist in 17th century Italy.
Overlooked for centuries, she has been rediscovered in recent decades for her emotionally charged paintings, her skills as a painter and her sensational life. Raped at 17 and tortured at the well-documented trial of her assailant, Artemisia moved on from that traumatic experience to win commissions in Florence, Rome, Naples, Venice and even England.
Two guest speakers will help us explore the subject: Gerta Moray, art historian, professor emerita of Guelph University counts women’s art and feminist theory among her specialties; and Elizabeth Cohen, history professor at York and U of T, has explored the subject of women in early modern Italy and has written about Gentileschi’s trial and letters.
The Extraordinary Women series helps support Back Lane Studios video and photography programs for youth and seniors.
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