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Artemisia Gentileschi. Coraggio e passione at Palazzo Ducale

San Gerolamo by Orazio Gentileschi (1610-1611, oil on canvas, 152x126 cm, inv. 587/D) was lent by Palazzo Madama for the exhibition "Artemisia Gentileschi. Coraggio e passione" at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa from 16 November 2023 to April 1, 2024.


Artemisia Gentileschi, the first woman to be admitted to an art academy, the first to be recognized as an artist, the painter who chose to make her passion for art her reason for living is at the center of the Palazzo Ducale exhibition .

A model of tenacity and genius, of courage and determination, Artemisia Gentileschi was marked by the suffering of the premature death of her mother and by a controversial relationship with her father. Victim of violence, she was forced to be the protagonist of a trial from which she emerged winner and loser at the same time, deeply wounded in her soul.

Within the exhibition itinerary, particular attention is dedicated to the troubled relationship with his father Orazio Gentileschi - illustrious painter of the time, friend of Caravaggio and teacher of Artemisia - which later resulted in a real rivalry. Several close comparisons between canvases with the same subject allow us to understand how the daughter's artistic talent was able to overcome her father's language. The two artists are also put into dialogue with Caravaggio's style.

Between exciting family events, revolutionary artistic solutions, dramatic images and female triumphs, the exhibition - curated by Costantino D'Orazio - offers a faithful portrait of the complex personality of one of the most famous artists of all time, through over 50 paintings from all of Europe.

From the Palazzo Ducale website, consulted in March 2024.