European Visual Culture Seminar

A newly discovered late work by Artemisia Gentileschi: Susanna and the Elders (1652)

Adelina Modesti

In 1652 Artemisia Gentileschi painted Susanna and the Elders, considered her last documented work, and believed lost. The painting has recently reappeared in the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna with an attribution to the Baroque Bolognese artist Elisabetta Sirani, but identified as a work of Artemisia Gentileschi by the present speaker. This paper will explore the circumstances of the rediscovery, placing the work within the context of Gentileschi’s oeuvre, tracing its provenance and proposing a possible patron, based on recently discovered documents and on literary accounts from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Dr Adelina Modesti is an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Historical & European Studies, La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Date: Monday 16 July 2012, 6:30pm

Venue: Jim Potter Room, Old Physics Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville campus.

Click here for a map. All Welcome. If you would like to join us for dinner afterwards in Lygon Street, please RSVP to Mark Shepheard

Drinks and nibbles provided for the seminar: gold coin donation appreciated.

The EVCS is brought to you by the Melbourne Art Network with the support of the Art History Programs at the University of Melbourne and at La Trobe University.