The Renaissance Period And Artemisia Gentileschi Of The Baroque Period
When one thinks of influential Western artists, images of the works of Michelangelo or Caravaggio might be evoked. In fact, most paintings one may think of would have been completed by men. Most of the art movements in the western world were in fact lead and contributed to by men, especially in the Renaissance and Baroque period. Even though art as a profession in these time periods was dominated by male artists, female artists did, in fact, make significant contributions to their respective art movements. This paper will discuss and compare the lives and works of two Italian painters: Sofonisba Anguissola of the Renaissance period and Artemisia Gentileschi of the Baroque period.
Sofonisba Anguissola was born between 1532 and 1535 to Bianca Ponzona and a Cremonese nobleman name Almicare Anguissola, and she was the oldest of six daughters and one son. In the past, women were traditionally uneducated, including those of the upper class. And becoming an artist as a female was nearly impossible because of the training that male artists traditionally endured, which included living with a master artist and painting nude models. In 15218, however, the growing popularity of Baldassare Castiglione’s Il Cortegiano encouraged that women of Anguissola’s status should have at least some education to participate in high-class society. Because of Almicare Anguissola’s high status and lack of a male heir until his late fifties, he saw fit to have his…