Tuesday, 11 January 2011
This painting is by Roman artist, Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 - 1652). The painting is Susanna and the Elders (1610). Gentileschi was abused as a woman and an artist. Her paintings reflected the abuse she suffered. She was one of the first female post Renaissance artists to achieve recognition. In the biblical painting, Susanna is astonished by two judges who attempt to rape her. Gentileschi was also raped and her paintings reflect this abuse and the abuse she faced at the trial of her rapist. Susanna is modeled and sensual. The figure in the red cape expresses his evil intentions. Gentileschi used tenebrism to emphasize important objects in her paintings. Tenebrism is the use of a large dark area beside a smaller light area (and vice versa) to emphasize this contrast of value.
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