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ArtemisiaGentileschi was one of the early women artists to be recognized inthe patriarchal world of renaissance literary art. For centuries,women had been subjected to social upheavals that always denied themopportunities in all spheres of life. As a social theory, feminismcan be depicted as a political movement motivated by the lifesituations of women in a male dominated society. The advent offeminism during the renaissance epoch created interest in the role ofthe female gender (Paola, 1997) .History contends that women who werewealthy during the renaissance had more power and independencecompared to women in the previous periods. The renaissance era inEurope was not a conducive period for female artists to develop theirskills. The role of the women then was to marry, have children andcater for their husbands. It was even not possible for women toattain formal training in art. However, some women were privatelytrained especially by their fathers and finally emerged as prolificwomen artists (Paola, 1997). Those who emerged later became feministsand championed for gender equality. This paper examines the artisticoeuvres of Artemisia Gentileschi as one of the few women artists inthe renaissance. The paper further elucidates her role as a feministduring the renaissance.

ArtemisiaGentileschi was one of the most significant renaissance artists. Dueto her gender Artemisia could not attend art academies and as aresult she was trained by her father Orazio privately. She was latertrained by an art expert by the name Agostino Tassi. It was duringthis duration that Tassi raped Artemisia. The sexual harassmentchanged her life and it was then that Artemisia realized thepredicaments that women undergo in a male dominated society. Duringthe proceedings, Artemisia was expected to testify while undertorture. Ostensibly, even the law that was expected to protect itscitizens had turned women into second class citizens in their nativeland.

Thetrauma that Artemisia experienced after the sexual assault was laterdepicted in her artistic works. In her work Judithand holofernes,Artemisia presents powerful female characters that stand firm againstmale dominance. in the painting, Judith the protagonist approachesHoloformes a military soldier who usually used his power to sexuallyharass women, and beheads him .the role of Judith in the work can beviewed as a form of awakening where women. Judith’s role depictsthat women had to rise against patriarchy and use all the availablemeans to emancipate themselves from a male dominated society.

Moreover,in her work Jaeland Sisera,Artemisia presents Jael as a witty and treacherous woman whoseintelligence surpassed that of men. Artemisia depicts Jael as aheroin who killed warlords to salvage her people especially women.Additionally Artemisia reveals how women were subjected to torture bymen in her painting Susannaand the Elders.The painting shows Susana being silenced by two men who appear tohave already molested her.

Throughher work, it is evident that Artemisia was an early feminist. Herpainting can be interpreted as an avenue for brandishing symbolicfairness and justice to the womenfolk. Artemisia incorporatesreductionism as a major stylistic device in her work. Through thisstyle she is able to reduce male characters into inferior beings thatare easily conquered by women. This clearly depicts that Artemisiachampioned and actively fought for the rights of women trough art.Her personal experience motivated her to fight for gender equality.Her artistic work therefore, ascertains why Artemisia was consideredas an early feminist.

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Mieke,B.(2006).TheArtemisia files: Artemisia Gentileschi for female artists and otherthinking people.University of Chicago press.

Paola,T.(1997).Womenin italian renaiscance art:gender,,representation and identity. Manchester university press