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2021.04.13.06

Artemisia Gentileschi, Lucretia

Artemisia Gentileschi, “Lucretia” (ca. 1627), oil on canvas, 36 ½ x 28 5/8 inches (image courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum)
Artemisia Gentileschi, “Lucretia” (ca. 1627), oil on canvas, 36 ½ x 28 5/8 inches (image courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum)

… of interest to my women in photography rabbit hole, a before photography depiction of Lucretia, who committed suicide after she was raped, by artist Artemisia Gentileschi, who was raped by an associate of her father and tortured during the trial of that associate to be sure she was telling the truth… wow!

The 17th-century Italian Baroque master often rendered Lucretia and other female victims of violence, a recurring motif in her oeuvre that may reflect the artist’s own experiences. In 1611, when she was 18 years old, she was raped by a close collaborator of her father, a famous painter at the time. Though he was prosecuted and found guilty of the crime, Gentileschi was tortured during the trial to challenge her testimony, and her violator’s sentence was never enforced.1

  1. https://hyperallergic.com/635883/artemisia-gentileschi-masterpiece-lucretia-acquired-by-getty/

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