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Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia GentileschiBorn: 1593
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 1642
Location of death: Naples, Italy
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Female
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Painter

Nationality: Italy
Executive summary: Italian Baroque painter

Italian painter, Orazio Gentileschi's daughter, studied first under Guido, acquired much renown for portrait painting, and considerably excelled her father's fame. She was a beautiful and elegant woman; her likeness, limned by her own hand, is to be seen in Hampton Court. Her most celebrated composition is "Judith and Holofernes", in the Uffizi Gallery; certainly a work of singular energy, and giving ample proof of executive faculty, but repulsive and unwomanly in its physical horror. She accompanied her father to England, but did not remain there long; the best picture which she produced for Charles I was "David with the head of Goliath." Like her father she was also greatly influenced by Caravaggio. Artemisia refused an offer of marriage from Agostino Tasi, and bestowed her hand on Pier Antonio Schiattesi, continuing, however, to use her own surname. She settled in Naples, to where she returned after her English sojourn; she lived there in no little splendor, and there she died in 1642. She had a daughter and perhaps other children.

Father: Orazio Gentileschi (painter)
Husband: Pier Antonio Schiattesi (one daughter, perhaps other children)

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