I'm assuming Michael's name figures first in the title as he's beginning to get a bit of a reputation for doing programmes about leading artists.
Key points for me:
- Her story is very unusual and my jaw kept dropping at the nature of justice for women in 17th century Italy. The nature of her background - and the rape and the rape trial and the torture - seems to have influenced the nature of her paintings. During the trial, she was painting a woman cutting a man’s head off. I don't find it at all surprising that she kept reprising paintings of a woman cutting off a man's head! Judith Slaying Holofernes is the painting she was working on during the trial
- one can well understand why she may have been taken up as a 'cause' by feminists promoting women artists - but it does make me wonder if one stereotype substitutes for another
- I was fascinated by how many times she seems to have painted herself - both metaphorically and in reality - and sometimes more than once in the same painting. I kept wondering how she'd managed to get a perspective on certain angles of her face.
- Her paintings have become very valuable - and hence there is an incentive to find works by her
- There is no complete record of her work - and developing one is made more complicated by the fact her style of painting changed over time. New works are being discovered and at the same time other works are being accredited to her which probably should not.
Reviews of the programme
- Michael Palin’s Quest for Artemisia review: rape, torture and sexism – all in a day’s work for a 17th-century artist | The Guardian
- Michael Palin's Quest for Artemisia, review: 'aimless and toothless' | The Telegraph
- Michael Palin’s Quest for Artemisia, BBC Four | The Arts Desk
|Artemisia Gentileschi - Self-Portrait as a Lute Player|
- Dr Jane Fortune is the Founder and Chair of Advancing Women Artists - an organisation I'd not heard of before.
- The British art and painting conservator in the programme is Nicola Ann MacGregor. She does not seem to have a website but is mentioned on various, notably:
- Exceptional Florentines - Annual awards ceremony of Advancing Women Artists Foundation | The Florentine A “new” Artemisia: found, restored, on tour | ArtTrav - this describes the process of restoring the painting cited towards the end of the programme
- Artemisia on Art 4 Awareness
More information about Artemisa Gentileschi
- Artemisia Gentileschi Biography | Biography.com
- 10 Facts You May Not Know About Artemisia Gentileschi | Hyperallegic
- Meet Artemisia Gentileschi, The Feminist Contemporary Of Caravaggio | The Daily Beast
- The Life and Art of Artemisia Gentileschi
- Artemisia Gentileschi | Brooklyn Museum - includes images of Judy Chicago's depiction of her Artemisia Gentileschi place setting
- Web Gallery of Art - Artemisia Gentileschi
- Judith and Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi | Uffizi Gallery Guide
- Violence and Virtue: Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Judith Slaying Holofernes” | art Institute of Chicago