Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece Exhibition Premieres at London's National Gallery
When the National Gallery closed its doors in March for several months because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, a highly anticipated exhibition was postponed in the process. Artemisia celebrates 17th-century Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi, who painted female subjects traditionally subjected to the male gaze but instead imbued them with power and agency.
The wait is now over, as the first major exhibition of Gentileschi's work in the UK debuts on October 3 and runs through January 24, 2021. Artemisia showcases her most famous paintings — including Susanna and the Elders and two versions of Judith Beheading Holofernes — in addition to self-portraits and recently unearthed personal letters. For those unable to see Artemisia in person, the National Gallery is offering a curator-led on-demand film that serves as a 30-minute online tour of the exhibition.
"Artemisia was a survivor," said Letizia Treves, National Gallery James and Sarah Sassoon Curator of Later Italian, Spanish, and French 17th-century Paintings. "She overcame rape, torture, humiliation and prejudice to become one of the most successful artists of her time… Artemisia will finally get her moment in the spotlight and I can't wait to share her story and paintings with visitors."
GRoW is honored to be a sponsor of Artemisia and to continue its support of the National Gallery.