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Artemisia Gentileschi and Feminism in Early Modern Europe

Mary D. Garrard

Artemisia Gentileschi and Feminism in Early Modern Europe

Mary D. Garrard

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320 pages | 65 color plates, 4 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $22.50 ISBN: 9781789142020 Published September 2020 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $22.50 ISBN: 9781789142396 Published June 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Artemisia Gentileschi is by far the most famous woman artist of the premodern era. Her art addressed issues that resonate today, such as sexual violence and women’s problematic relationship to political power. Her powerful paintings with 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, noted Gentileschi scholar, shows that the artist 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 for the first time a full portrait of a strong woman artist who fought back through her art.
Contents
Preface 1 Artemisia and the Writers: Feminism in Early Modern Europe 2 Sexuality and Sexual Violation: Susanna and Lucretia 3 The Fictive Self: Musicians and Magdalenes 4 Women and Political Power: Judith 5 Battles of the Sexes: Women on Top 6 The Divided Self: Allegorical and Real 7 Matriarchal Succession: The Greenwich Ceiling References Select Bibliography Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements Index
Review Quotes
Art Newspaper
"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."
Gary Schwartz, art historian
“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.”
Babette Bohn, Texas Christian University, author of “Women Artists, Their Patrons, and Their Publics in Early Modern Bologna”
“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.’”
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