Courageous

Artemisia Gentileschi was an artist ahead of her time. She was the first female painter who became a member of Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence, a major success at that time when art studies (or any other studies) were inaccessible to women. She paved the way for future female artists. Her artistry depicted strong women protagonists often inspired by the characters from the Bible. In the patriarchal society with male-dominated values, women portrayed by Gentileschi appeared as unorthodox, transgressing the stereotypes of gender roles, featuring strong, vigorous women, warriors or victims, but never delicate, idealized, sensual figures.