With all the patriarchy, threats to bodily autonomy, and mass murder this week, I am thinking of Artemisia Gentileschi: her paintings, her trauma, her testimony, her world. And our world, 400 years later. Despair, yes, but also gratitude.
Thank you, Artemisia Gentileschi.
Please see paintings and learn about this artist whose work has always been seen in the shadow of her rape and subsequent testimony/torture in 17th century Rome. Even by me, right now, having to bring that up, perpetuating this problem. The paintings are the point.
- Big, clear images from National Gallery exhibition, 2020
- And excellent historical profile from the Brooklyn Museum — since Gentileschi is one of the guests at Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party!
- Also see Royal Collection Trust exhibition, 2017
I don’t recommend the Wikipedia page except as an index—always check if the citation actually says what the wiki article says it says. Many times it does not.
Quoting @Gulujoon: “Addressing misogyny and the patriarchy is pretty **cking important. Almost every single mass shooter has a history of misogyny and having harmed and/or threatened and scared women in their lives and circles. Never once has patriarchy been a laughing matter.”