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Mary D. Garrard on “Artemisia Gentileschi and Feminism in Renaissance Europe”

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public, but PLEASE REGISTER HERE to access the Zoom link and attend.


Artemisia Gentileschi is by far the most famous woman artist of the pre-modern era. Her dramatic and forceful paintings with their vigorous female protagonists have excited modern audiences, something most recently demonstrated in the international enthusiasm for the “Artemisia” exhibition at the National Gallery, London. Yet Artemisia’s art remains to be considered in full historical perspective. In Mary D. Garrard’s latest book, Artemisia Gentileschi and Feminism in Early Modern Europe (London: Reaktion Books, 2020), Garrard examines the artist in the context of women’s political history and the feminist protest that was bubbling in early modern Europe. She shows that Artemisia knew or knew about contemporary feminist writers such as the Venetians Lucrezia Marinella and Arcangela Tarabotti and, through close analysis, brings out the striking alignment of her paintings with the writers’ texts. In this talk, Garrard will discuss her new book, with particular attention to feminist issues that were addressed in art and feminist texts of early modern Italy, France, and England.

Mary D. Garrard is Professor Emerita of Art History at American University, Washington, D. C., best known for her work on Artemisia Gentileschi. Her 1989 book, Artemisia Gentileschi: The Image of the Female Hero in Italian Baroque Art (Princeton, 1989) launched modern studies of the now-famous artist. In Artemisia Gentileschi Circa 1622: The Shaping and Reshaping of an Artistic Identity (University of California, 2001), Garrard addressed new critical issues in Gentileschi studies. Her third book on the artist, Artemisia Gentileschi and Early Modern Feminism (Reaktion Books, 2020), positions the artist among the feminist treatises and debates of her time.

Garrard has also written extensively on Italian Renaissance and Early Modern art, such as in Brunelleschi’s Egg: Gender, Art, and Nature in Renaissance Italy (University of California Press, 2010), and in numerous recent articles.

Additionally, with her colleague Norma Broude, Garrard created and edited several books that have become basic texts in art history and women’s studies courses. These are: Feminism and Art History (1982); The Expanding Discourse (1992); and Reclaiming Female Agency: Feminist Art History After Postmodernism (2005); and The Power of Feminist Art: The American Movement of the 1970s (1994).

Co-sponsored with the Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance (SSWR) and the CUNY Academy for Humanities and Sciences.

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March 11
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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