artemesia gentileschi


Art Assignment’s FIERCE WOMEN OF ART PART II! Very fierce. Featuring Artemisia Gentileschi, Mona Hatoum, Frida Kahlo, Hannah Höch, and Yayoi Kusama.

Judith Beheading Holofernes, 2009.  Nostalgia Monday.

A stupid paint-over I did in 2009 of Artemesia Gentileschi’s rendition of Judith and Holofernes with o3o faces.  I think it was a thing that Anthony started.  I’ll never understand how Poupon is able to make all those crazy classical paint-overs and make them look so natural and integrated.


art history problems

I am way too excited that I found a post renaissance piece with a female nude whose boobs look like real lady boobs. unlike most nudes painted by men who use male models and then slap tiny misplaced weirdly rounded and just plain strange boobs somewhere in the torso area. Its like they had never seen boobs before for gods sake. 

moral of the story: Lady artist=naturalistically rendered boobs that act and move like a real boob would

four for you Artemesia Gentileschi. FOUR FOR YOU


The moderator of this blog went to the Met yesterday in NYC and cried over some Baroque paintings. It was beautiful.

From top to bottom:
Esther Before Ahasuerus, Artemesia Gentileschi. Naples, 1630’s.

The Musicians, Caravaggio. Rome, 1595.

The Lute Player, Caravaggio. Rome, 1590’s. (one of at least three versions of this painting, another of which is in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia).

The Denial of St. Peter, Caravaggio. ca. 1610.

Alright, alright, alright I know you see this ain’t no PG-13 shit. This is some gangsta, gangsta ish. The story behind this mother fucker is that Judith, the woman murking that man, lived in a town called Bethulia. Her husband was a noble, so you know she thought she was all that. Anyways, he died and this general army mother fucker, Holofernes, the man getting murked, was like, “Yo, yo, yo, you better surrender this bitch to the assyrian army!”

Then Judith played him hard. Her game was tight, ya heard? She knew he wanted her and she decided to go party with him in his army tent. After getting him drunk she proceeded to CUT HIS DAMN HEAD OFF. Mhmm, teach you to mess with her shit. It will also teach you to be mixin’ business and pleasure, huh, Mr. Holofernes?

Who told you history was boring? Mother fuckers be crazy.

Survey results time!!

So this has been tons of fun and I loved learning more about you all! Below, the highlights (I’ve also bolded my responses, although I didn’t fill out the survey):

Age bracket

47.6% 18-24

26.9% 13-17

11.7% 25-30

6.9% 31-40

4.8% over 50

2.1% 41-50

Also one person just put in “yes.”


73.9% cis female

12.7% cis male

9.9% other - including “yes” (different person from before though), nonbinary, agender, genderfluid, “I do not know,” and “omg…. pls…” (which, fair).

2.8% trans male

0.7% trans female

Sexual orientation

41.3% straight

24.5% bisexual

11.2% asexual

9.8% pansexual

4.9% other - including unsure, bisexual-ish, demisexual, and panromantic asexual

4.2% lesbian

2.1% gay

2.1% queer

Education level

33.6% some university

23.8% some high school

16.1% completed high school

14.7% Bachelor’s degree

4.9% Master’s degree

2.8% some post-graduate education

2.1% Doctorate

2.1% other, which was just people writing “in high school” rather than clicking the “some high school” button and things like that

Degrees (completed or partial) included:

Anthropology, Architecture, some variety of visual art, Art History, Biology, Business, Classics, Communication Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology, Computer Science, Economics, Costume Design, Pre-law or Law, Criminal Justice, Education, Electrical engineering, English/literature, Environmental Studies, Fashion Design, Film and Theatre, Gender Studies, Graphic Design, History, International Studies, Linguistics, Old Norse, Philology, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Social Work, Veterinary, Writing, and a whole lot of languages!

Most of you went for art, art history, or english/literature.


I am not going to go through and write down all the percentages here, but most of you are from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. 

Other countries represented include:

Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and three people from Canada, yay!

Favourite Artist

Lots and lots of different responses here - most of you put down more than one, and the most popular were Van Gogh, Alphonse Mucha, Monet, John William Waterhouse, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, and Artemesia Gentileschi. One person also put down Rachmaninoff, which, fine, I guess I didn’t specify.

I honestly couldn’t choose!

Favourite Period in Art

Impressionism was the clear winner here, followed by Renaissance, Pre-Raphaelite, and Romanticism. Baroque and Rococo also had a strong following, as did Art Nouveau. The vast majority of you liked 19th-century movements as a whole, but there was also quite a bit of Surrealism, Dada, and other modernism.

For me, it’s probably 19th century academic, baroque, and renaissance (as you can probably tell).

Favourite Medium

Oil painting in the lead, followed by drawing, sculpture (7.1%), photography (5.7%) and watercolour (5%). 

I’m going to split this into two posts because the rest of it (favourite book, fun fact, etc) gets quite long. Part two coming soon!

So many people are misunderstanding the full context of the Susanna and the Elders image because the person who added commentary failed to address the fact that the image I posted is not by Artemesia Gentileschi.

It is a copy of Gentileschi’s original work painted by Kathleen Gilje with the addition of the lead subpainting in order to address and revise the original Gentileschi painting (which looks identical to the surface image copied by Gilje).

The lead subpainting was intended to add in Gentileschi’s resistance as a reference point for understanding the original work. It’s a part of an ongoing series by Gilje in which she “restores” classic works with cheeky additions or social commentary.

It is not by Gentileschi herself. She did not paint the lead sublayer.

She is incredible and there are volumes written on her life and work but the work I posted is contemporary and is by Kathleen Gilje, who also deserves credit for her fascinating reimagining of Gentileschi’s original.