Artemisia Gentileschi was an Italian painter born in Rome in 1593. Her father was Orazio Gentileschi, a well-known Tuscan master. Gentileschi and her brothers were given their first creative art lessons by their father. However, it later was apparent that Artemisia was greatly more artistic than her siblings. She established her first famous art piece at seventeen years of age. The name of this artwork was called “Susanna and the Elders”. Some critics feel Artemisia was harassed like Susanna and that she showed that encounter in the painting. During this time period woman were not accepted into any artistic academy. Since this in deed affected Artemisia her father arranged for a colleague to give her additional artistic schooling. In 1612, Agostino Tassi was charged and convicted of raping Artemisia Gentileschi. Although, he never admitted any wrong doing in regards to the criminal offense. Tassi was sentenced to a year in jail. Shortly after Artemisia's father abruptly arranged a marriage, in order to preserve his daughter's reputation. She married Pierantonio Stiattesi. They later moved to Florence, where Gentileschi became a renowned Italian painter. She was admitted into a painters' academy, assisted Galileo Galilei and was safeguarded by the influential and mighty de' Medici family. In 1621 Artemisia Gentileschi relocated back to Rome. She also may have spent some time in Venice between 1627 and 1630. This was not a very flourishing decade. Similar to Caravaggio, who held a great deal of influence during that time, Gentileschi traveled to Naples, in 1630. In 1638, Gentileschi also worked in England for a bit. Her father was hired to paint at the court of Charles I. Shortly after his death in 1639 she returned to Naples, where she was to work for the rest of her days. It is not identified just when she passed away. It is believed she was one of many victims of the great pestilence that struck Naples in 1656. Her father was profoundly...
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