Self-Portrait as a Female Martyr (c. 1615) by Artemisia Gentileschi

Self-Portrait as a Female Martyr - Artemisia Gentileschi - 1615

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TitleSelf-Portrait as a Female Martyr
ArtistArtemisia Gentileschi
MediumOil on panel
Dimensions12 1/2 x 9 3/4 in (31.8 x 24.8 cm)
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Self-Portrait as a Female Martyr

The artwork, “Self-Portrait as a Female Martyr,” was created by Artemisia Gentileschi in 1615. This oil on panel painting is a testament to the Baroque art movement and measures 12 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches (31.8 x 24.8 cm). As a self-portrait, it falls into the genre of portraiture and is currently housed in a private collection.

The artwork features a self-portrait of Artemisia Gentileschi portrayed as a female martyr. She gazes out towards the viewer with a solemn yet resolute expression. A significant element of the portrayal is the use of chiaroscuro, with a contrast between light and shadow helping to animate her visage, demonstrating a key characteristic of the Baroque period’s dramatic intensity. Gentileschi employs a rich palette, as seen in the deep reds of her garment and the vivid blue of the fabric draped over her head, which also adds a sculptural quality to the image. Her hand delicately grasps what appears to be a palm frond, a common symbol of martyrdom, further emphasizing the theme of the work. The level of detail and emotional complexity in the portrait reflects not only the artistic skills but also the personal story and struggles of the artist herself, which often permeated her work.

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