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Gentileschi patrigno e figliastra

 

Roberto Contini

 

It sounds bizarre that two of the most prominent painters of the first half of the17th century, Orazio Lomi Gentileschi and his celebrated daughter Artemisia have not generally been considered to the present day in the guise of draughtsmen. Speaking of artists of Tuscan origin and education, such a commitment – as part of the usual developing process of their works – would have been an issue of ‘it goes without saying’.

After scant, isolated attempts offered in the past, the author ventures, albeit less cautiously, to shed some light on this side of the infamous father/daughter pair. Two sheets selected from among the holdings in the National Berlin Museums’ Kupferstichkabinett and the Department of Prints and Drawings in Washington’s National Gallery of Art will serve this purpose.