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Artemisia Gentileschi (Rome 1593-Naples 1652)

Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura) c.1638-9

Oil on canvas | 98.6 x 75.2 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 405551

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Artemisia Gentileschi was invited to London in 1638 by Charles I, and probably produced this sophisticated and accomplished self-portrait in England. She holds a brush in one hand and a palette in the other, identifying herself as the female personification of painting.
  • Creator(s)

    Artemisia Gentileschi (Rome 1593-Naples 1652) (artist)

  • 98.6 x 75.2 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external)

    114.5 x 90.4 x 7.6 cm (frame, external)

  • Self-portrait as La Pittura

    Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652/3)

  • Recorded by the Trustees of the Sales of Charles I in October 1649, at Hampton Court; sold to Jackson and others on 23 October 1651; recovered at the Restoration

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