>>Elisabetta Sirani and Artemisia Gentileschi were two of the best known
painters of their time. Gentileschi, born in Rome, lived in Florence,
Naples, and elsewhere from 1593 to 1652. Sirani, born in 1638, lived all
her short life in Bologna. She would have been just fourteen the year that
Gentileschi died; but likely would have heard of that famous painter. Both
artists were daughters of painter fathers, and both can be classified as
belonging to the school of Baroque Naturalism, which was concerned with
realism and used a sense of movement, energy, and tension in its portrayals
of people and personalities. Both women were interested in painting
historical allegories and both knew well the stories and historical events
upon which much of their work was based.
In the middle of the seventeenth century, Elisabetta Sirani and
Artemisia Gentileschi became famous and well-respected as artists because of
their excellent technical abilities and the interesting and successful
treatment of their subject matter. In short, they were well respected and
highly applauded artists because of their exceptional competence.
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