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).
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