Artemisia Gentileschi (1597-1651)

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Author name: Artemisia Gentileschi.
(1597, Rome - 1651). She was the daughter of Orazio Gentileschi who was a painter later overshadowed by his daughter. Some of the works once attributed to him are now attributed to her. When she was twelve years old, her mother, Prudentia Montoni, died in childbirth. Her father harbored no artistic ambition for his only daughter, envisioning a life as a nun for her instead.
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