Judith Slaying Holofernes, Artemisia Gentileschi – 1611–12

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Artemisia Gentileschi (July 8, 1593 – c. 1656) was an Italian Baroque painter, today considered one of the most accomplished painters in the generation following that of Caravaggio. In an era when women painters were not easily accepted by the artistic community or patrons, she was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_Gentileschi

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