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Artemisia Gentileschi cements her place among the Old Masters boys’ club with latest record-breaking auction sale

A recently discovered work by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654) sold last week for a price of €4 million, or €4.7 million with fees, breaking the Baroque master’s auction record by almost double. The piece, Lucretia (1630’s), was being auctioned at the Artcurial auction house in Paris with an estimate of €600,000 to €800,000, but competition between […]

A Gentileschi masterpiece: possibly the most valuable UK museum acquisition in over a decade

Orazio Gentileschi’s masterpiece The Finding of Moses (1630’s) is possibly being acquired by London’s National Gallery, The Art Newspaper reports. It is currently on display at the museum, as per a loan agreement from an anonymous private collector, who is rumoured to be Graham Kirkham, the billionaire founder of the DFS sofa empire. The work was sold in […]

Self-portrait by Artemisia Gentileschi pops up in unusual places

The rare Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (c. 1615-1617) by Artemisia Gentileschi made headlines early last year when London’s National Gallery acquired the painting making it the first work by Gentileschi to enter the museum’s collection. The painting surfaced at a French auction house in 2017 and the National Gallery purchased it for £3.5 […]

X-Ray reveals self-portrait hidden under Artemisia Gentileschi painting

Artemisia Gentileschi’s 1619 “Saint Catherine of Alexandria” bears a strong resemblance to a similarly titled self-portrait by the artist from 1615-17 owned by London’s National Gallery. Both paintings display regal, dark-haired women clad in red, holding the saint’s signature broken torture wheel while holding a martyr’s palm close to their chest. One turbaned figure gives […]

Victoria Beckham and Sotheby’s Team up to Celebrate Women Old Masters

In an effort to spice up the market for works by under-recognised women painters of the early modern period, Sotheby’s New York has called upon none other than the spice girl herself, Victoria Beckham. The fashion designer and former pop star recently travelled to New York to help highlight the significance of the 14 women […]

A closer look on Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Artemisia Gentileschi’s Baroque masterpieces are all about women. They almost always show women in action, asserting their agency and defying the patriarchal oppression of late 16th century Papal Rome. Even when male figures are absent in Gentileschi’s works, like in her “Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria,” currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery […]

2020 exhibition to highlight Artemisia Gentileschi

The National Gallery’s (NG) recently acquired and freshly conserved Self-portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria by Artemisia Gentileschi, which recently debuted at the NG, will be one of the highlights in a 2020 exhibition at the NG of works by the artist. The monograph exhibition will be the first devoted to the pioneering female artist […]