"I will show [you] what a woman can do”
Daughter, wife, mother, lover, painter: Artemisia challenged conventions to become a famous artist and one of the greatest storytellers of her time.
In 17th-century Europe, at a time when women artists were not easily accepted, Artemisia was exceptional. She painted subjects that were traditionally the preserve of male artists and for the male gaze; transforming meek maidservants into courageous conspirators and victims into survivors.
In this first major exhibition of Artemisia’s work in the UK, see her best-known paintings including two versions of her iconic and viscerally violent ‘Judith beheading Holofernes’; as well as her self portraits, heroines from history and the Bible, and recently discovered personal letters, seen in the UK for the first time.
Follow in Artemisia’s footsteps from Rome to Florence, Venice, Naples and London. Hear her voice from her letters, and see the world through her eyes.