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The Contemporary Resonance of Artemisia Gentileschi

Oct 17 2019

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

7 PM – 8 PM

Join us for a discussion that sheds new light on the contemporary resonance and emerging scholarship focused on women artists, including Artemisia Gentileschi, and depictions of women in the exhibition Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum. Chiyo Ishikawa, SAM's Deputy Director for Art and Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, speaks with graphic artist Gina Siciliano and Estelle Lingo, Professor of Early Modern European Art at University of Washington in Seattle.

In September, Gina Siciliano released her debut graphic novel, I Know What I Am, depicting the life of the female painter, Artemisia Gentileschi. The result of years of research exploring Gentileschi’s life story, I Know What I Am paints a complex, feminist portrait of Artemisia as a single mother, a survivor of sexual assault, and a pioneering practitioner of her craft.

Estelle Lingo’s research seeks a deeper insight into Southern European visual culture of the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, often focusing on new approaches to studying and researching women artists of the time period.

Flesh and Blood offers a rare opportunity to view unforgettable works from the Capodimonte Museum in Naples. Renowned artists of the High Renaissance such as Titian and Raphael join Neapolitan masters including Artemisia Gentileschi, Jusepe de Ribera, and Bernardo Cavallino. The exhibition reveals the many ways the human body can express love and devotion, physical labor, and tragic suffering.

This program is presented in partnership with Fantagraphic Books, and occurs during the community opening celebration when Flesh & Blood will be free and open to the public. More details here.

More about Gina Siciliano and Estelle Lingo:
Gina Siciliano graduated from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2007. She is an artist, a cartoonist, a bookseller, and the drummer and vocalist for two rock bands. She’s been self-publishing her comics for many years, and I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi is her first book published by Fantagraphics. She lives in Seattle, WA.

Estelle Lingo is Professor of Early Modern European Art at the University of Washington in Seattle. Prof. Lingo has published and lectured widely on seventeenth-century Italian art and is the author of two books: François Duquesnoy and the Greek Ideal (2007) and Mochi’s Edge and Bernini’s Baroque (2017). Her research has been supported by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Villa I Tatti/The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, and the Kress Foundation. For 2016-18 Prof. Lingo was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. In 2019 she co-organized the international conference Baroque to Neo-Baroque: Curves of an Art Historical Concept, held in Florence, Italy. Prof. Lingo is currently writing a book about Caravaggio’s art and the historical significance of the pan-European response to his unprecedented method of painting.

Free with RSVP.
Image: Judith and Holofernes, ca. 1612–17, Artemisia Gentileschi, Italian, 1593–ca. 1653, oil on canvas, 62 5/8 x 49 5/8 in., Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte

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