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Artemisia Gentileschi and the authority of art : critical reading and catalogue raisonné /
R. Ward Bissell.
University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c1999.
xxiv, 446, [1] p., [173] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), facsims.
0271017872 (alk. paper)
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University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c1999.
0271017872 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [417]-425) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-11:
It is a measure of the liveliness of Gentileschi studies that a new, hefty volume has appeared, only ten years after Mary Garrard's Artemisia Gentileschi: The Image of the Female Hero in Italian Baroque Art (CH, Jun'89). This new book catalogs the increasingly reliable oeuvre, as Garrard did not and perhaps could not at that time; this and the various admissions of the failures of old stylistic arguments due to archival discoveries would be rich terrain in themselves. But beyond this, Bissell tackles the delicate feminist issue: Is this woman, 49 of whose 57 known works feature female protagonists, to be understood as an avatar of feminism, or was she, less glamorously though still valiantly, an illiterate woman who struggled to make a living by specializing in the female nude? Given the waxing force of scholarly thrust and counterthrust over these issues, the use of endnotes poorly cued in to text pages is particularly disadvantageous, as is the placement of all illustrations (and not enough of them) at the back. The appendix on varnish, written by a painter, is a gem in itself. Bissell provides a dutiful and measured riposte, self-consciously old-fashioned in methodology, to Garrard's basic publication, much used in both Baroque art history and women's studies. All libraries. P. Emison; University of New Hampshire
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
The Early Career in Rome, 1609-1612: Precociousness and Powerp. 1
Recognition, 1613-1620: Florence and Florentinismp. 19
Rome and Venice, 1620-1628: From Reassertion to Reassessmentp. 35
Naples and London, 1629-1640: Grandiosity and Grandeurp. 55
The Later Years in Naples, 1641-1652: Refinement, Reiteration, Resignationp. 89
Myths, Misunderstandings, and Musingsp. 103
Register of Documents Concerning Artemisia Gentileschi's Life and Workp. 135
Artemisia Gentileschi's Daughter(s), Painter(s)p. 157
Supplemental Documentationp. 163
Amber Varnish and the Technique of the Gentileschip. 169
Catalogue Raisonne
Autograph Paintingsp. 183
Incorrect and Questionable Attributionsp. 299
Lost Worksp. 355
Notesp. 393
Bibliographyp. 417
Indexp. 427
Photo Creditsp. 445
Illustrationsp. 447
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