Jennifer Dasal - The #MeToo Movement in 17th Century Art
The #MeToo movement: it's a huge part of what’s happening around the world, right now, and in nearly every facet of society. Women are speaking up about their experiences with abuse, inequality, and injustices, and stepping up to make a difference. In the midst of the most trying circumstances and the most harrowing life events, some have been able to stand out and make a lasting statement about their pain, their history, and their wishes for retribution. Such resistance, though, has not been limited to the 21st century: one of the best examples was completed in oil paint upon a huge six-foot canvas... in the 17th century. Jennifer returns with the empowering tale of Artemisia Gentileschi's masterpiece of revenge writ large, her Judith Beheading Holofernes (c. 1620).
Jennifer Dasal is a contemporary arts curator at the NCMA. She is the creator of the ArtCurious podcast.
Artemisia Gentileschi, widely regarded as the most important woman artist before the modern period, was a major Italian Baroque painter of the seventeenth century and the only female follower of Caravaggio.
Recently rediscovered by art historians, and one of the few female post-Renaissance painters to achieve fame during her own era, Artemisia Gentileschi led a remarkably "modern" life.
One of the first female artists to achieve recognition in her own time, Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) became instantly popular in the 1970s when feminist art historians "discovered" her and argued vehemently for a place for her in the canon of Italian baroque painters.$9.99ISBN: 9781438012179Availability: On our shelves nowPublished: B.E.S. Publishing - September 2018$29.95ISBN: 9781452152363Availability: On our shelves nowPublished: Chronicle Books - March 7th, 2017
Historically, major women artists have been excluded from the mainstream art canon. Aligned with the resurgence of feminism in pop culture, Broad Strokes offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of 15 brilliant female artists in text that's smart, feisty, educational, and an enjoyable read.$24.00ISBN: 9780140259971Availability: On our shelves nowPublished: Penguin Books - February 1998
"[A] tart, funny, lurid little bomb of a book. It's all p.c., of course, but not at all predictable, and a lot of righteous information gets dispersed in record time." -- BUST Magazine