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date: 07 December 2023

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  • Ann Sutherland Harris

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Artemesia Gentileschi: Penitent Magdalene, oil on canvas, 1.46×1.09 m, c. 1615–17 (Florence, Palazzo Pitti); photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY

Italian family of painters. Both Orazio Gentileschi and his daughter Artemisia Gentileschi belong to the first generation of painters deeply affected by Caravaggio’s blunt realism that rejected the idealism fundamental to earlier Italian painting as well as the artificiality of Mannerism (see fig.). Orazio’s eldest son, Francesco Gentileschi (b Rome, 31 May 1597; d after 1665), was a painter and art dealer who is recorded assisting Orazio and Artemisia in the 1620s and 1630s; none of his paintings survives.