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1) Artemisia Gentileschi was greatly influenced by Caravaggio's chiaroscuro style and she was his only female follower. She had to endure the commonplace notion of her time that women were intellectually inferior to men. In her painting Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting, Gentileschi portrays herself as a real woman--skillful, imaginative, and dignified. View her painting Judith Slaying H3olofernes and describe what makes the painting unique in terms of her portrayal of Judith as a woman, and her use of chiaroscuro.

Chiaroscuro in art is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. In the painting Judith Slaying Holofernes, Artemisia mixes lights and darks in order to bring out what is important. What makes it unique is that the peoples arms and bodies are all very bright well their faces are very dark. She based her painting after Caravaggio’s painting but in this painting the women seem more powerful. This painting was done right after Artemisia was raped and deprived of her virginity. This might have been why she made the women seem very powerful. I believe this painting was done to relieve her and other victims of rape.

2). Pablo Picasso, the artist who painted Les Demoiselles d'Avignon in 1907, had a prolific career which spanned decades. Among Picasso's many paintings of women—friends, lovers, and contemporaries—is a work entitled Portrait of Olga in an Armchair done in 1917, between his early Analytic Cubist and Synthetic Cubist periods. Olga Koklova would become his wife and the mother of his son Paulo. Compare this work to Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (p. 12). At first it seems obvious that they are two drastically different paintings—one is very naturalistic, the other exhibits the high abstraction of his early cubist paintings. There are, however, some interesting elements to the Olga portrait that require closer scrutiny. First, the armchair she sits in is missing! You can see part...
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