Artemisia in the Wall Street Journal

Three of Capodimonte’s masterpieces by Artemisia Gentileschi, the most famous woman artist of the seventeenth century, are the focus of a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. The bulk of the article is, not surprisingly, devoted to the first of Artemisia’s many scenes of Judith Slaying Holofernes. Artemisia executed this violent and powerful work no less than five years after she was raped by the painter Agostino Tassi, an experience to which art historians have linked the picture (though not always without controversy).

Art lovers will soon have the exceptional opportunity to see Artemisia’s unforgettable work in the United States, when Capodimonte lends it and other masterpieces to the Seattle Art Museum and the Kimbell Art Museum in Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020, respectively.