Volume 1: Artemisia Gentileschi, “The Spirit of Caesar in the Soul of a Woman” with Hilary Bockham - Context Travel

Volume 1: Artemisia Gentileschi, “The Spirit of Caesar in the Soul of a Woman” with Hilary Bockham


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Join an expert for an in-depth examination into the life and works of one of the most talented, progressive, and important painters of the 1600's bar none, Artemisia Gentileschi. We’ll discuss her rape by another painter, her public torture at his trial, and how comparisons with Caravaggio overshadowed her own inimitable and outstanding achievements. We’ll talk about her recognition (finally) as not just a feminist inspiration but an utterly gifted artist.

Artemisia is the most renowned female painter of the 17th century. She worked in Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, and London, for the highest levels of European society, including Philip IV of Spain and the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Today, she remains an icon, not only for her powerful artwork but for her ability to overcome the restraints and biases of her time.

In accepted 17th century iconology the personification of painting was female and always wore a gag. When Artemisia Gentileschi produced her self portrait as such, possibly for The Queen of England she showed herself ungagged. After attending this Context Conversation that small detail will take on the significance which it, which Artemisia, deserves.

Whilst her paintings already stand-alone as amongst the very best of the 1600s, her newly discovered letters, (in which she describes herself as having “The spirit of Caesar in the soul of a woman”) show her as assured, determined, passionate and sometimes vulnerable. We’ll look at both her artwork and these letters to get a deeper insight into her character and her life. Join Hilary to revel in her expressive, glorious, and yes, unashamedly female work and life.

This conversation is the first in a two-part series. Each seminar can be joined independently and in any order. 
Volume 1: Artemisia Gentileschi: “The Spirit of Caesar in the Soul of a Woman” with Hilary Bockham
Volume 2: Artemisia Gentileschi and How Her Paintings Speak with Hilary Bockham

Hilary has been one of Context's experts for ten years. She was born in England, where she studied Art and Literature and began her career there as an art teacher. A few years later she followed her interest in fashion and costume and became an internationally successful fashion designer. For ten years before her arrival in Italy in 2005, she ran her own Exhibition Services company, providing customized services for Art Galleries and Museums throughout Britain. She has recently become a regular stand-up comedy performer here in Rome.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.