Artemisia

Artemisia

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by Anna Banti
     
 

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Artemisia Gentileschi, born in 1598, the daughter of an esteemed painter, taught art in Naples and painted the great women of Roman and biblical history. She could neither read nor write, and she was the reviled victim in a public rape trial, rejected by her father, and later abandoned by her husband. Nevertheless, she was one of the first women in modern times to… See more details below

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Artemisia Gentileschi, born in 1598, the daughter of an esteemed painter, taught art in Naples and painted the great women of Roman and biblical history. She could neither read nor write, and she was the reviled victim in a public rape trial, rejected by her father, and later abandoned by her husband. Nevertheless, she was one of the first women in modern times to uphold through her work and deeds the right of women to pursue careers compatible with their talents and on an equal footing with men. This edition features a new introduction by the celebrated critic and writer Susan Sontag.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Banti's novel about 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi was first published in Italy in 1947. (Mar.)
New York Times

"Banti's often moving novel presents a psychological evocation of the woman artist. . . . We must be grateful to [the author] and her translator for this imaginative presentation of an extraordinary individual."—New York Times
Boston Review

"This novel should change the way we think about historical fiction and its possibilities. . . . A thickly textured and moving portrait."—Boston Review
The New Yorker

"One of the glories of twentieth-century Italian literature."—Susan Sontag, The New Yorker

— Susan Sontag

New Directions for Women

"That Banti was able to spin this lyrical novel from a few biographical details is as much a testament to her skill as it is to the woman who inspired her."—New Directions for Women
Booklist

"Artemisia’s story is compelling. The recreation of her world is rich in the visual and tactual details of the time, as well as emotional perceptions that transcend time. The vital bond between writer and subject envelops the reader completely."—Booklist
The Historical Novels Review

"The book is evocative and beautifully written; Anna Banti illuminates Artemisis'a story with a lifetime of study in art history."—The Historical Novels Review
The New Yorker - Susan Sontag

"One of the glories of twentieth-century Italian literature."—Susan Sontag, The New Yorker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781852427665
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
11/13/2003
Edition description:
NEW

Meet the Author


Shirley D'Ardia Caracciolo, whose afterword discusses the historical background and artistry of Artemisia, lives in Ireland and works as a freelance translator, with expertise in French and Italian.

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