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Artemisia Gentileschi (Rome 1593-Naples 1652)

Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura) c.1638-9

Oil on canvas | 98.6 x 75.2 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 405551

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Artemisia Gentileschi was invited to London in 1638 by Charles I, and probably produced this sophisticated and accomplished self-portrait in England. She holds a brush in one hand and a palette in the other, identifying herself as the female personification of painting.