We’ve chosen ‘Jael & Sisera’ by Gentileschi, completed in 1620 for a discussion on tolerance.. The original work hangs in the Szepmuveszeti Museum, Budapest, Hungary.
Jael and Sisera are characters from religious text that features a woman luring into her home the general of an army that just defeated her community. Once the general was asleep the woman simply drives a spike through the skill of that whom aggrieved her.
If this were an expression of a personal issue surely the lesson was about tolerating the patriarchy. The signature on the painting, “Artemisia Lomi,” indicates that it was likely created when Artemisia was residing in Florence. This surname highlights her familial relationship with her uncle Aurelio, who had already established a presence in Florence.
This differs from Rome where she is thought to have produced this artwork. So even as an accomplished artist, Gentileschi still required some manoeuvring in circles with the help of a male. That did not mean she voided her voice in her works. Gentileschi used the image of Agostino Tassi, her teacher and her convicted rapist, as the model for Sisera in this painting. Talk about taking your anger out in expression!
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