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Corisca and the Satyr.

c. 1640s.

Oil on canvas

1.55m by 2.10m

Private collection, Naples.

The Painting

The story of Corisca comes from Battista Guarini's Il Pastor Fido. [The Faithful Shepherd]. The satyr captures the nymph Corisca to seduce her. However, she escapes because he grasps her by the hair of her wig, pulling it free from her scalp. Woman eludes a lustful man by stripping off surface decoration and fleeing with her honor intact.

This painting was misattributed to Neapolitan artist Massimo Stanzione before Artemisia's signature was discovered at right in the early 1990s.

The Artist's Life

Artemisia lived her last years in Naples, continuing to paint in her late forties. She completed several Bathshebas and another Judith, figures that continued to tease her imagination. She died of unknown causes in 1652-1653, leaving behind some thirty-four paintings and twenty-eight letters.

Her grave slab was lost during a renovation of a church in Naples where she was buried. Two epitaphs of that time launch sexual invectives at her, but fail to mention her artwork.

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