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Artemisia (Five Star Paperback)

Artemisia (Five Star Paperback)

by SusanSontag (Introduction), Anna Banti (Author), ShirleyD'ardiaCaracciolo (Introduction)

Synopsis

First published in 1953, Artemisia immediately established itself as a classic. At the centre of the book is Artemisia Gentileschi, a painter influenced by Michelangelo and Caravaggio. A rising star in 17th-century Naples, Artemisia realises that success has been bought at too high a price ? she has failed as a woman, a wife and a mother. The closer the author, Anna Banti, gets to her subject, the more she is forced to reflect on the condition of women today and on her own life in German-occupied Italy. Anna Banti?s Artemisia is an important reflection on art, femininity and the creative experience. Translated by Shirley D?Ardia Caracciolo and now with an Introduction by acclaimed feminist critic Susan Sontag.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Published: 31 Mar 2004

ISBN 10: 1852427663
ISBN 13: 9781852427665
Book Overview: This title is published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of first publication.

Media Reviews
What makes Artemisia a great book is this double destiny, of a book lost and recreated. A book that by being posthumous, rewritten, resurrected, gained incalculably in emotional reach and moral authority' Susan Sontag (in her introduction) Artemisia is a tour de force, but certain passages are of exquisite resonance * Times Literary Supplement *
Author Bio
Anna Banti was born in Florence in 1895 and graduated from the University of Rome. She directed the literary section of the magazine Paragone and, after the death of her husband, the famous art critic Roberto Longhi, also the art section. She wrote Artemisia at the age of fifty-two and went on to produce a great deal of work on art and criticism after it was published. Anna Banti died in 1985.