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15 November 2019, Paris
Yesterday Artemisia Gentileschi’s painting, Lucrece (Lucretia) was auctioned, doubling the price reached for her work two years ago in 2017. Work by the artist rarely comes to market, and this newly discovered work was bought for Euro 4.8m, significantly more than the estimate of Euro 600,000 to 800,000.
During her lifetime, Gentileschi (1593 – c. 1656) was regarded as one of the greatest Italian baroque painters. She enjoyed an illustrious international career in which she received commissions from the greatest courts of Europe. However, she was then forgotten for almost two centuries before being ‘rediscovered’ in the early 20th Century.
Gentileschi’s early life was dramatic, after her father’s friend and her tutor, Agostino Tassi, was accused of raping her. During the trial, Gentileschi was tortured and suffered public humiliation, after which she left Rome. Her work, which depicts strong biblical women, is often interpreted in the light of these circumstances.
Gentileschi’s works are known for the psychological drama of her compositions, and her use of chiaroscuro. and a retrospective opens at the National Gallery in 2020.