Artemisia exhibition at National Gallery not to be missed
National Gallery, London Showing from: 4 April - 26 July 2020
For the first time in the UK, a major monographic exhibition of the work of Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1654 or later), will open at the National Gallery in April 2020.
At a time when women artists were not easily accepted, Artemisia was exceptional. Her career spanned more than 40 years and she gained fame and admiration across Europe, counting leading rulers among her patrons. She was the first woman to gain membership to the artists’ academy in Florence.
Although Artemisia was greatly admired during her lifetime, she was essentially rediscovered in the 20th century and today she is recognised as one of the most gifted painters of the Italian Baroque period.
Artemisia will present a highly selective survey of the artist’s career, bringing together around 30 of her works from both public institutions and private collections around the world - the majority of the loans in the exhibition have never been seen in the UK before. As she wrote to one of her patrons in 1649 ‘I will show Your Illustrious Lordship what a woman can do’.
Left: The earliest work in the Artemisia exhibition will be her first signed and dated work, Susannah and the Elders (1610), painted when she was just 17