Artemisia learnt from his father, Orazio Gentileschi (1593-1652), close toCaravaggio. That is why we see a darkness shared between father and daughter.
Artemisia was also taught by Agostino Tassi, painter of quadratturas. He was a very important person in our artist's life, not only because of the techniques she could learn from him -and she never practiced-, but because of the fact that she was raped by him. This crime wounded her and is the explanation of her tendency to paint feminine heroins. Women she draws show a big spiritual strenght either when they fight against masculine power or when they stay by themselves.
She practised tenebrism for all her life. Even when light of baroque classicism put caravaggismo down, Artemisia felt better with darkness.tenebrism It was the best language to reflect her harassed soul in her work.
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