Old Masters Week featuring Renaissance - New York, January 2014


Self-Portrait as a Lute Player

One of the leading painters of the Baroque age, Artemisia Gentileschi is among the boldest and most powerfully expressive woman painters in history. A pupil of her father, the prominent artist Orazio Gentileschi, Artemisia was the first female artist to be accepted as a member of the Accademia del Disegno in Florence, where she enjoyed the patronage of Michelangelo Buonarotti the Younger and Grand Duke Cosimo II de’ Medici, who may have commissioned this portrait, which was recorded in the Medici collection as early as 1638. Lost to notice until rediscovered in a private European collection in 1998, this magnificent and exquisitely painted Self-Portrait as a Lute Player exemplifies the Florentine taste for decorative flourishes and opulent fabrics.

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