Artemisia ex­hi­bi­tion at Na­tional Gallery not to be missed

Na­tional Gallery, London Show­ing from: 4 April - 26 July 2020

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ART ROUNDUP -

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

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