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Oil on canvas

2.06m by 1.82m

Museo di Capodimonte, Naples.

The Painting.

Art authority Mary Garrard attributed this work to Artemisia Gentileschi, although still ascribed it to Stanzione. The style differs markedly from her earlier Lucretia who is plain and nearly nude. In this version, Lucretia dresses like a noblewoman with no weapon in hand to denote suicidal intent.

The Artist's Life.

Orazio died in February 1639. After the Civil War between the Cavaliers and the Roundheads began in 1641, Artemisia returned to Naples following three years in residence at the English court. Her benefactor, Charles I, was beheaded in 1649.

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