These are the words that Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654) wrote to her patron, Sicilian prince Don Antonio Ruffo, in 1649, as though the pittrice, interestingly the term ‘female painter’ does indeed exist in Italian, was already conscious of the controversies that her art would provoke throughout history. 

The great Baroque and Caravaggio disciple, Roman painter Orazio Gentileschi, recognized his eldest daughter Artemisia’s exceptional talent early on and, hoping t...


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