Female artists during the baroque period

Even though Orarizio built a friendship among Carravagio and his followers at one point of his life, it did not last long. By 1610, Orarizio was left with cosimo Quorli a understeward and the one last close companion. During the trial he claimed to be artimisia’s father when he was trying to rape her as well. Agostino Tessi arrived in Rome in 1610. Tessi arrived in rome after his brief time in Florence where he assaulted a prostitute. To get out of the mess, he married the prostitute. The prostitute lest him for a richer man when he seduced the prostitutes sister. He attempted to kill her too. The scandals life of Tessi does not change that he was a well appreciated painter by many patrons including the Medici. Tessi was not a figure drawer but a illusionistic architecture and landscape painter and turned to Orarizio for help. Orarizio turned to Tessi for help when it came to arranging the characters in space. The two became close and Tessi was often seen visiting the gentaleschi house leading to the famous rape in 1612.

Artemisia was only 17 at the time was already a divine artist. She was kept away from public places, and not many people ever saw her outside of the house. Artimisia was still charmed by Tessi even during the trial. ( tessi was small chubby with a scant beard) until she found out that Tessi’s wife was still alive. Tessi provided witnesses he planted for the court leading to a close call. But in the end tessi was sentenced 5 years of exile from Rome.

Her father remained in rome but lost the favour of the paple family because of the trial. Artemisia married the brother of the man who helped her father with the trial right after tessi was exiled in 1612. They headed to Florence. During her time in Florence between 1612-1620, She enjoyed the freedom she never had due to her connection to the Medici court.( And she was married too). IN the end even though she lost her dignity and virginity to a terrible human bean, she gained freedom from the terrible trial. Perhaps if the trial never happened, she would of spent her entire life in the little room her father cooped her in. Sense Artemisia was not allowed to be in touch with models; were these bodies perhaps a drawing of herself? There is not much known about the Judith painting. It is thought to be a painting Artemisia started to draw in Rome after the rape ( there is no proof to this). But Bissell (R. Ward Bissell is Professor of the History of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and author of Orazio Gentileschi and the Poetic Tradition in Caravaggesque Painting (Penn State, 1981). noted that this kind of painting were probable a commotion there for the artist Artemisia did not make the decision of painting this topic. If this were to be true, how ironic is it. So much influence from caravaggio’s Judith painting in palazzo barberini. Could the painting be a response to seeing caravaggio’s painting for the first time? Did the person who commissioned the painting arrange Artemisia to see caravaggios painting?

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