Mini Biography: Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi
Birth: July 8th, 1593 (or 1590)
Death: 1652-1656
Nationality: Italian
Art Movement: Baroque

Born in Rome in the early 1590’s Gentileschi studied under her father, the Tuscan painter Orazio Gentileschi. She lived in at least 4 Italian cities: Rome, Florence, Venice, and Naples throughout her career. While in Florence, from 1614 to 1620, she was the first woman accepted into the Academy of the Arts of Drawing and developed a friendship with Galileo. Gentileschi also worked briefly in London as a court painter for Charles I and her Self Portrait as the Allegory of Painting was in his collection and it is still part of the Royal Collection (the art collection of the British Royal Family.) She died in Naples sometime between 1652 and 1656.

Some of her notable Works include:

Susanna and the Elders (1610)


Gentileschi, Artemisia. Susanna and the Elders, 1610, Schloss Weissenstein, Pommersfelden, Germany.

Judith Slaying Holofernes (1614-1620)


Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Slaying Holofernes, c. 1620. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.

Self Portrait as the Allegory of Painting (1638-1639)


Artemisia Gentileschi,  Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting, c. 1638–9, Royal Collection.

To read more about Gentileschi and her work visit:

Uffizi Gallery Museum

Brooklyn Museum

Royal Collection