“As long as I live I will have control over my being”
So wrote bold Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi, who took control of her life and her art, breaking the norms of society both in gaining renown for her painting and in taking her rapist to court at a time when few women were able to do either.
Ash gets deep into the fetishisation of women killing men in Baroque painting, touches on why 17th century ‘it girls’ opted to hold spikes in their portraits, and establishes that the only thing to wear when beheading an enemy general is Damascus pearls.
*also, the one in which Sarah has fallen down the stairs
Garrard, Mary D. Artemisia Gentileschi : The Image of the Female Hero in Italian Baroque Art (1989). Print.
Marjorie Och, "Violence and Virtue: Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Judith Slaying Holofernes,’ Art Institute of Chicago, October 17, 2013-January 9, 2014," catalogue by Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, The Woman’s Art Journal 35/2 (2014): 63-64.
"It's True It's True It's True" preformed by Breach Theatre at the Underbelly, Cowgate, Edinburgh 2018