Learning about women artists has always been an inspiration for me. A few years ago, I was fortunate to see an exquisite exhibit, at the St. Louis Art Museum, of Artemisia Gentileschi's extraordinary paintings along side those of her father's paintings. It was an astounding and impressive exhibit.
During her lifetime, Artemisia was able to succeed in a male-dominated world, receiving commissions and patronage from Kings and Dukes of the time. Today, Artemisia Gentileschi remains an inspiration, not only for her powerful artwork, but for her ability to overcome the limits and prejudices of her time.
July 8, 1593, Artemisia Gentileschi was born in Rome Italy. She was an Italian Baroque painter, today considered one of the most famous and skilled painters of her time.
Artemisia was centuries ahead of her time. She was among the first women artists to achieve success in the 17th century. She brought to her work a unique perspective that both celebrated and humanized strong women characters. Above is Artemisia's self portrait.