Artemisia

Artemisia

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'Artemisia s struggle to fulfil herself, ensnared as she was in the toils of patriarchy with its punitive double standards, is a powerful lesson in courage and the sustaining powers of a vocation. Banti s richly poetical, wonderfully idiosyncratic prose amply rewards the attentive reader. Publisher s Weekly Written in 1947, Artemisia immeadiately established itself as a classic. At the centre of the book is Artemisia Gentileschi, a painter influenced by Michelangelo and Caravaggio. A rising star in 17th-century Naples, Artemisia realises that success has been bought at too high a price - she has failed as a woman, a wife and a mother. The closer Anna Banti gets to her subject the more she is forced to reflect on the condition of women today and on her own life in German-occupied Italy. In doing so she elucidates the nature of art, feminity and the creative experience.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Italian
  • 1852425040
  • 9781852425043

About Anna Banti

Anna Banti was born in Florence in 1895 and graduated from the University of Rome. She directed the literary section of the magazine Paragone and, after the death of her husband, the famous art critic Roberto Longhi, also the art section. She wrote Artemisia at the age of fifty-two and went on to produce a great deal of work on art and criticism after it was published. Anna Banti died in 1985.show more

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