The Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi was born in Italy in 1593. Her father, Orazio Gentileschi, was also a painter; he taught his daughter the craft when she was very young, and she grew up to be one of the most acclaimed artists of the Late Renaissance and Baroque periods. Her life was not an easy one, however. She was raped by one of her father's contemporaries, and then quickly married off once she brought her rapist to trial. One of her most famous paintings, Judith and Holofernes, came about shortly afterward.
Despite the fact that she was a woman Baroque painter in a time when most women did not work in high-profile careers at all, let alone in the almost all-male field of fine art, she left behind an impressive body of work and is one of the most famous female painters of all time.
She Brought Her Rapist To Justice
She Painted An Allegory Featuring Herself Killing Her Rapist
She Was An Artist At A Time When Women Weren't Supposed To Pick Up A Paintbrush
She Painted Images Of Strong Women
She Was The First Woman Accepted Into The Academy Of The Arts Of Drawing
She Left Her Husband And Took Their Child With Her To Tour Italy