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Artemisia Gentileschi

Rome 1593 - 1654 Naples
Price range
500,000 – 3,000,000 USD +
Artemisia Gentileschi is the most celebrated woman artist of the Italian Baroque.

While predecessors such as Sofonisba Anguissola in Cremona and Lavinia Fontana in Bologna excelled in portraiture and devotional painting, and Fede Galizia in Milan was renowned for her still lifes, Artemisia’s reputation as an accomplished painter of large, multi-figure compositions with mythological or Biblical subjects was without precedent for a female artist.

Born in Rome in 1593, Artemisia was the oldest of five children and the only daughter of Orazio Gentileschi, one of Caravaggio’s earliest followers. Artemisia served as an apprentice to her father, and in Orazio’s workshop she apprehended the skills essential to becoming a professional painter. Artemisia’s earliest signed and dated painting, Susanna and the Elders (Schloss Weißenstein, Pommersfelden), is from 1610. The subject of that picture, in which a young woman recoils from the unwanted sexual attention of two male harassers, was prescient, for in the following year, Artemisia was raped by the painter Agostino Tassi, a collaborator of her father who had been hired as her teacher. Surviving documents meticulously record the lengthy and infamous trial that ensued, during which Artemisia was tortured with the aim of verifying her testimony using thumbscrews.

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Selected artworks

Top 3 auction prices

2,682,000 $
3,334,939 $
5,256,382 $


The sales are: Sotheby’s New York – 27 January 2022 lot 31, Christie’s London – 8 July 2021 lot 41 (2,422,500 GBP), and Artcurial Paris – 13 November 2019 (4,777,000 EUR).
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Books on Artemisia Gentileschi

Costantino d’Orazio, Artemisia Gentileschi: coraggio e passione, exh. cat., Milan, 2023.

Sheila Barker, Artemisia Gentileschi, Los Angeles, 2022.

Antonio Ernesto Denunzio, ed., Artemisia Gentileschi a Napoli, exh. cat., Milan, 2022.

Letizia Treves, ed., Artemisia, exh. cat. London, 2020.

Alessandro Grassi, Artemisia Gentileschi, Pisa, 2017.

Roberto Contini and Francesco Solinas, eds., Artemisia Gentileschi: storia di una passione, exh. cat. Milan, 2011–12.

Anna Banti, Artemisia: romanzo, Florence, 1947.

Notable exhibitions

Genova, Palazzo Ducale, Artemisia Gentileschi: Coraggio e Passione, 16 November 2023 – 1 April 2024. Curated by Costantino d’Orazio and Anna Orlando.

Naples, Museo Donnaregina Diocesi di Napoli, Artemisia Gentileschi: tra Roma, Fireze e Napoli, 29 April – 3 July 2023. Curated by Riccardo Lattuada.

Naples, Gallerie d’Italia, Artemisia Gentileschi a Napoli, 2 December 2022 – 19 March 2023. Curarted by Antonio Ernesto Denunzio and Giuseppe Porzio.

London, The National Gallery, Artemisia, 3 October 2020 – 24 January 2021. Curated by Letizia Treves.

Paris, Fondation Dina Vierny-Musée Maillol, Artemisia, 1593–1654, 14 March – 15 July 2012. Curated by Roberto Contini et al.

Milan, Palazzo Reale, Artemisia Gentileschi: Storia di una Passione, 23 September 2011 – 29 January 2012. Curated by Roberto Contini and Francesco Solinas.

Rome, Museo del Palazzo di Venezia, Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi, 15 October 2001 – 6 January 2002; travelled to New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 14 February – 12 Mary 2002; travelled to Saint Louis, St. Louis Art Museum, 15 June – 15 September 2002. Curated by Keith Christiansen et. al.

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