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Artemisia Gentileschi and Feminism in Early Modern Europe

Mary D. Garrard

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Reaktion Books
01 April 2020
A beautifully illustrated, full portrait of Artemisia Gentileschi, a ground-breaking medieval woman artist who fought back through her art.

Artemisia Gentileschi is by far the most famous woman artist of the pre-modern era. Her art addresses issues that resonate today, such as sexual violence and women's problematic relationship to political power. Her powerful paintings with their vigorous female protagonists chime with modern audiences, and she is celebrated by feminist critics and scholars. This book breaks new ground by placing Gentileschi in the context of women's political history. Mary D. Garrard shows that Gentileschi most likely knew or knew about contemporary writers such as the Venetian feminists Lucrezia Marinella and Arcangela Tarabotti. She discusses recently discovered paintings, offers fresh perspectives on known works and examines the artist anew in the context of feminist history. This beautifully illustrated book gives a full portrait of a strong woman artist who fought back through her art.
By:   Mary D. Garrard
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
ISBN:   9781789142020
ISBN 10:   1789142024
Series:   Renaissance Lives
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mary D. Garrard is Professor Emerita of Art History at American University, Washington, D.C. Her books include Artemisia Gentileschi: The Image of the Female Hero in Italian Baroque Art (1989) and Brunelleschi's Egg: Gender, Art and Nature in Renaissance Italy (2010).

Reviews for Artemisia Gentileschi and Feminism in Early Modern Europe

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1656) deserves a place in the canon of art history not merely because she was a successful artist in a man's world, but also because she was an exceptionally good painter. This book is more about her place in women's political history than about her art per se, but her art inevitably illuminates her status, life, and career. -- Art Newspaper Garrard's exciting new book on the Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi marks another formidable contribution to the field by this groundbreaking scholar. Garrard weaves a rich tapestry of women's voices, arguing that the shared vision of remarkable women of the period reflects a pervasive and influential feminist phenomenon in Europe. This book will provide a provocative source for understanding the pan-European phenomenon of what Garrard aptly terms the 'woman on top.' --Babette Bohn, Texas Christian University, author of Women Artists, Their Patrons, and Their Publics in Early Modern Bologna Art Newspaper Garrard's return to the great Artemisia Gentileschi is uniquely rich in knowledge and reflection. It is not only an authoritative study of the historical Artemisia and the ways--whether openly brutal, subtly injurious, or beneficial--in which her art and life were affected by her sex. It also places her in the 'transhistorical community of women' that Garrard brings to life. The book is moreover a heartfelt appeal to writers and readers of art history to account for their own attitudes and experiences. And with all that, it is a pleasure to read. --Gary Schwartz, art historian Art Newspaper


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