Palazzo Blu unveils the face of Artemisia. Woman, Artist, Revolutionary
That Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 –1654) was beautiful and strong-willed is evident from her paintings. She used her talents to depict biblical heroines, avengers or victims of ruthless men and masters: Susanna, Judith, Cleopatra. But what was the historical forerunner of the Me Too movement of history really like (was she raped by an unpunished Agostino Tassi)? There is only one painting of her, signed by her friend Simon Vouet, famous Parisian artist and who followed in his father’s footsteps into art as did she. The work was acquired by Palazzo Blu in Pisa (birthplace of Artemisia’s father, Orazio) and will be exhibited until March 8, when it will be loaned to the National Gallery in London for an exhibition dedicated to Artemisia. Vouet captures her in front of an easel with her palette and pencil, wearing a saffron yellow dress, pearl earring and a proud yet ironic look. It is clear that it is really her from the locket she has on her chest engraved with a Mausoleum, a reference to ì Princess Artemisia of Halicarnassus.
DATES & HOURS
28 September 2019 – 8 March 2020
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday – Holidays: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Lungarno Gambacorti 9 | Pisa