Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – 1656)
was an Italian Baroque painter, today considered one of the most accomplished painters in the generation following that of Caravaggio.
In an era when women painters were not easily accepted by the artistic community or patrons, she was the first woman to become a member
of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence. She painted many pictures of strong and suffering
women from myth and the Bible. Her best-known work is ‘Judith Slaying Holofernes’,
a well-known medieval and baroque subject in art, which shows the decapitation of Holofernes, a scene of horrific struggle and blood-letting.