She distinguished herself for her great skills in painting and her ability to transpose emotions on the canvas. She was able to make her space and excel in a man’s world with great courage and disrupting pictorial and social conventions.
Her talent was fully rediscovered only in the twentieth century, not months, not years, but centuries since the time when she started her career in the art world.
Artemisia Gentileschi was born in Rome in 1593, she was the daughter of a painter. Orphaned by her mother, she spends her time in her father's studio, where she approaches painting from an early age. Orazio, her father, taught her the first rudiments and Artemisia's enormous talent was immediately evident. Although a career in the world of art was quite impossible for a woman to achieve at the time, Artemisia and her father were not discouraged.
Her main point of reference was certainly Caravaggio, as it was for his father. Artemisia began to collaborate on Orazios's canvases until she made her first canvas at the age of 17.
Her life was certainly not easy. Artemisia, in addition to the difficulties of trying to start a career in a male art world, was victim of violence.
The trial had severe repercussions on Artemisia's reputation, although she was a victim and this led her to move to Florence after a "forced" marriage. There, Artemisia's talent was finally recognized and she became the first woman to be admitted to the Academy of Drawing in Florence.
Gentileschi proposed through her painting a big break with the past. Although the style and technique adopted were very close to those of the admired Caravaggio, Artemisia proposed in all her paintings and for the first time in the history of art, strong, powerful female figures where before there were represented weak and submissive ones.
Artemisia Gentileschi was able not only to transfigure her emotions but also to give a voice to the women of the past as of the present and to claim their position in the history of art.