Volume 2: Artemisia Gentileschi and How Her Paintings Speak with Hilary Bockham - Context Travel

Volume 2: Artemisia Gentileschi and How Her Paintings Speak with Hilary Bockham


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Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the most important 17th-century painters, was born in Rome, and home tutored by her father. At 17 her rape by his colleague, the subsequent trial during which SHE was tortured, and her association with other painters who followed Caravaggio's new style have, all too often, overshadowed her genius. In this conversation, we will redress this imbalance by focusing primarily on an analysis of her breathtaking work.

The seminar will include a quick overview of Renaissance and Baroque painting techniques and a description of current styles in the places where she lived and worked in the early 1600s; Rome, Florence, Venice, and Naples. It will include an in-depth look at how Artemisia developed and adapted her natural genius; from a homebound illiterate Roman girl to one of the most important and glamorous artists of her age, whose work was sought after by Kings, Princes, and Dukes throughout Europe. She became one of the literary, musical, and artistic elite of the western world. We'll follow her fascinating journey through her paintings and her recently discovered letters.

Led by an expert on 1600s Italian Art, Hilary Bockham, this interactive seminar will dive deep into an analysis of Artemisia Gentileschi's paintings. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of Italian Baroque art and of the part that Artemisia played in its development.

This is the second conversation in a two-part series about the life and works of Artemisia Gentileschi.

This conversation is the second 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.

Not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.