The Easel

Artemisia Gentileschi: the artist who grabbed life by the throat

Gentileschi’s profile has risen abruptly as major institutions redress their neglect of female artists and many find that her life story resonates with #metoo. Stylistically influenced by both her father and Caravaggio, the celebrated psychological intensity of Gentileschi’s works is uniquely hers. They “pulsate with honesty, meticulous observation and a sense of what it is to be a woman” – the Baroque’s first proto feminist.