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Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654 or later) is the subject of a highly anticipated exhibition at the National Gallery in London this weekend (October 3-January 24, 2021) It will be the first major survey of the artist to take place in the UK and will include some thirty works, including the self-portrait recently acquired by the museum as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (circa 1615-17) as well as key loans such as Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy (circa 1620-25) and two versions of Judith Beheading Holofernes (circa 1612-13 and circa 1613-14) The exhibition will also include the artist’s personal correspondence and – shown in public for the first time – the original transcript of the trial in which the artist Agostino Tassi was accused of the rape of Artemisia

The exhibition catalog includes an essay on Artemisia’s letters – many of which have been translated into English for the first time – and an « [particularly informative] essay on Artemisia’s painting technique, which defines the parameters for considering issues of style, chronology and attribution, ”says Letizia Treves, curator of the Treves exhibition, who is the curator of the National Gallery of 17th century Italian, Spanish and French paintings, has selected five key books for those who want to know everything about Artemisia

“This Complete Catalog Raisonné of the late Raymond Ward Bissell is an exemplary work of research. In the 20 years since its publication, important discoveries have been made regarding the biography of Artemisia; « New » paintings have emerged while others have been removed from his body of work. But Bissell’s detailed research and insightful texts make him a key starting point for anyone wishing to study Artemisia’s work « 

« Guardian art critic and historian Jonathan Jones explores the life and career of Artemisia in this easy-to-read 144-page book More up to date than Alexandra Lapierre’s engaging novel, Artemisia: A Novel (2000, trans L Heron), Jones’ tale is no less lively. The author’s enthusiasm for his subject is most palpable in passages very evocative of Artemisia paintings The reproductions are rather small (and in one case the wrong painting is shown), so I would recommend reading with decent-sized images on hand, like Artemisia Gentileschi (2017) by Alessandro Grassi

« No in-depth study of Artemisia’s artistic achievements can ignore the fact that Artemisia was a woman in a man’s world Placing Artemisia’s life and work in the context of early modern feminism, the practical book de Garrard draws on her ground-breaking study Artemisia Gentileschi: The Image of the Female Hero in Italian Baroque Art (1989) Although I don’t always agree with Garrard’s point of view – the extent to which Artemisia was able to contributing to the ceiling paintings at Queen’s House in Greenwich, for example – her feminist perspective is often food for thought « 

« In an entirely different vein, but no less absorbing, is this beautiful graphic novel This retelling of the history of Artemisia is the fruit of seven years of study and hard work It skillfully mixes the biography of Artemisia to the broader social, cultural and historical contexts of his time Siciliano’s illustrations, meticulously drawn with a ballpoint pen, convey the visual power of Artemisia’s paintings This hardback volume is clearly aimed at a contemporary audience for whom Artemisia remains relevant « 

« The 36 letters found by Francesco Solinas in the Archivio Storico Frescobaldi, Florence, in 2011 constitute the most significant discovery of recent years The letters, written by Artemisia and her husband Pierantonio Stiattesi to her lover, Francesco Maria Maringhi , are among the very few in his own hand Solinas transcribes and edits them, [along with] all other known letters of Artemisia, in this paperback A revised edition, also in Italian, is expected later this year  »

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