Curatorial Conversations: Artemisia

Curatorial Conversations: Artemisia
05 Nov 2020, 17:00 to 05 Nov 2020, 18:00
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Letizia Treves (The Sassoon Curator of Later Italian Paintings, and curator of the 'Artemisia' exhibition at the National Gallery  - 3 October 2020 to 24 January 2021) in conversation with Professor Michelle O'Malley (Warburg Institute)

In her lifetime, Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1654 or later) was Europe’s most celebrated female painter. Over a 45-year career she gained fame and admiration in Rome, Florence, Venice, London and Naples, counting leading rulers among her patrons. Artemisia’s originality lay in her ability to tackle the grand biblical, historical and mythological subjects that were usually the preserve of male artists. Her success rested on her exceptional gifts as a storyteller, powerful imagery, a rich use of colour, and the unique perspective she brought to familiar subjects, in which heroic women often took centre stage. 

Forgotten for centuries, Artemisia was essentially rediscovered in the 20th century. Feminist interest in her work has led to her being championed as an inspirational figure of resilience and unbowed creativity in the face of exceptionally challenging odds. But certain elements of her biography, particularly her rape as a young woman, have sometimes obscured discussions of her artistic development and the resourceful ways she created market demand for her pictures. This exhibition, the first dedicated to the artist in the UK, brings together many of her greatest works to consider Artemisia more fully ‘in the round’ and to celebrate a life unique in art.

Curatorial Conversations bring to the Warburg curators of world-leading museums and galleries to discuss their work. The conversations, led by academics at the Warburg Institute, discuss the issues of setting the curatorial agenda and staging meaningful encounters with objects. The series is designed to draw out discussion of the discoveries made, challenges tackled and the lessons learned in installing objects in the permanent collection and putting together internationally renowned exhibitions.  

NB: 5.00pm start

FREE VIA ZOOM. Please book by 5.00pm on Wednesday 4 November to be sent a link to the session.

image: detail from Artemisia Gentileschi: Self-Portrait as a Lute Player (1616-1618), Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Connecticut


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