This is the first full-scale exhibition devoted to Caravaggio's most gifted and individual follower, Orazio Gentileschi, and to Orazio's celebrated daughter, Artemisia. Fascinating figures in their own right, when looked at together these two related but strikingly independent artists define many of the key issues posed by the revolution in painting brought about in early seventeenth-century Rome by Caravaggio. Orazio was arguably the most inspired and individual of those artists who knew and were directly influenced by the great Lombard painter, while Artemisia used a Caravaggesque idiom to become the greatest female painter of the century.
The exhibition is made possible in part by the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund.
Additional support has been provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The exhibition has been organized by the Soprintendenza per i Beni Artistici, Rome, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.
An indemnity has been granted by the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.