Essay about Artemisia Gentileschi

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Artemisia Gentileschi the Renaissance Feminist Artist
Manuel Hernandez
Devry University

Abstract
Why exactly is Artemisia Gentileschi considered an early feminist? Doing a brief search and looking into her artwork, even for a brief amount of time and you quickly see why she was considered so. Her gender as well as the things she went through and experienced in her life heavily influenced Artemisia Gentileschi’s artwork. Some of the more famous and controversial paintings focus on females as being the main protagonist. There is plenty of controversy surrounding the paintings as well, since her father Orazio Gentileschi a painter in his own right trained her. Some of her early paintings are questioned and he is given credit for them.
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A painting that brings up some controversy is known as “Madonna and Child”(Brash et al., 1999), this is also one of Artemisia’s earliest known paintings. There is controversy surrounding the painting because many believe Orazio was the one who painted it and not Artemisia although she signed it (Biography et al., n/a). Adding to the controversy is the fact that the painting is based off Orazios painting of Madonna. Also of note are paintings that Artemisia depicted from the bible, one known as “Susanna and the elders”(Brash et al., 1999). This painting shows a woman who refused two older men so they accused her of adultery. As with anything biblical or religious, there is plenty of controversy revolving it. It doesn’t take very much research into Artemisia and her artwork to clearly see and come to the conclusion that she was definitely an early feminist. From making females her primary art and putting them as protagonist brutally killing men. She endured some tough situations as a child that without a doubt led to her embracing her woman hood and maybe feeling she had to stand for her gender.

Artemisia Gentileschi the Renaissance Feminist Artist
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