I was looking at some great paintings and just discovered a great artist I had never heard of, Artemisi Gentileschi, who died in 1653.
” Artemisia transmuted her suffering into art. A number of heroines in her religious paintings gain revenge on their male exploiters. (See especially Judith Beheading Holofernes.) Eventually, time has also increasingly vindicated her work, as feminism rediscovered and reclaimed her from obscurity. Thirty-four paintings now attributed to her survive.”
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