Getty Museum Acquires Artemisia Gentileschi Lucretia

March 30 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles has acquired a Lucretia by Artemisia Gentileschi. The work had sold for €4.7m at Artcurial, Paris, in 2019 and was exhibited by the Matthiesen Gallery in London last year. The painting will join two of Orazio Gentileschi's works in the museum.

The museum's director Timothy Potts is quoted as saying:

Her achievement as a painter of powerful and dramatic history subjects is all the more remarkable for the abuse and prejudice that she suffered in her personal life — and which is palpably present in Lucretia’s suicide, and other of her paintings where the central protagonist is a wronged or abused woman.

In this and many other ways, Artemisia’s 'Lucretia' will open a window for our visitors onto important issues of injustice, prejudice and abuse that lie below the beguilingly beautiful surfaces of such works.

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