We discussed "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" by Linda Nochlin, in Women, Art, And Power And Other Essays* (Westview Press, 1988), 147-158.
1) Nochlin more or less asserts that women were denied access to an education in the arts during the Renaissance and Baroque (which I agree with.) Taking this to the next step in logic, then why and how did Artemisia get to be such a great artist?
2) How does Artemisia represent herself in this painting and why is it so different then these self portraits by Sofonisba Anguissola?
3) How and why might have Artemisia's past caused her to take up the theme of Judith and Holfernes in a way which is different then Caravaggio?