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ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI: THE LANGUAGE OF PAINTING. Jesse M. Locker. Yale University Press, New Haven, 2015. 248 pp. with 116 ills. (99 col.). 26 x 21 cm. LC 2014-931824 ISBN 9780300185119 In English.
Publisher's description: Hailed as one of the most groundbreaking, expressive, and neglected painters of the 17th century, Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1656) has figured prominently in the art historical discourse of the past two decades. This is partially due to interest in dramatic details of her early life, including the widely publicized rape trial of her painting tutor, Agostino Tassi, and her admission to Florence's esteemed Accademia del Disegno. While the artist's early paintings have been widely discussed, her later work has been largely dismissed. This beautifully illustrated and elegantly written book provides a revolutionary look at Artemisia's later career, refuting longstanding assumptions about the artist. The fact that she was semi-illiterate has erroneously led scholars to assume a lack of literary and cultural education on her part. Stressing the importance of orality in Baroque culture and in Artemisia's paintings, Locker argues for her important place in the cultural dialogue of the mid-17th century.
Artist(s):Gentileschi, Artemisia
Indexing: Western, Europe — Italy — 1600-1800 — Painting — Women Artists
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 161388
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