The docufilm “Artemisia Gentileschi, Warrior Painter”


The documentary dedicated to the famous painter, the first woman in history to be admitted to an Academy of Art, will be available from November 25th – the date on which International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women begins – on the Chili and Amazon Prime Video platforms. Drawing
Artemisia Gentileschi, Jordan River Warrior Painter – detail of the poster

The next will come out 25 november – date on which the International day for the elimination of violence against womenArtemisia Gentileschi, Warrior Painter, docufilm directed by the director Jordan River and produced by Delta Star Pictures which chronicles the life and works of Artemisia Gentileschi (Rome, 1593 – Naples, 1654), Italian painter of the Caravaggesque school and the first woman in history to be admitted to an Academy of Drawing – the artist attended the one in Florence. The film was also scheduled to be released in theaters, but the closure of cinemas due to the pandemic has forced it to revisit its distribution, which will take place on the Chili and Amazon Prime Video platforms.



The choice of November 25 as the release date of Artemisia Gentileschi, Warrior Painter it is not accidental: the painter was among the first women in history to fight against clichés and gender discrimination in order to establish herself professionally in a world – like that of art – then dominated only by the male presence. One event in particular made Artemisia a symbol of the fight against violence against women: the rape suffered by her colleague Agostino Tassi and the courage with which the painter faced the turbulent trial, which ended with the conviction of Tassi. Already presented in international festivals, winning several awards (Best Documentary al XXIV Terra di Siena International Film Festival 2020; Premio Best Docudrama al Global Nonviolent Film Festival 2020, USA; International Festival Visions from the World – Italian Panorama 2020; finalist to Los Angeles Cinematography Awards 2020, USA) and in competition for the David di Donatello 2021, the film begins to tell the story of Artemisia Gentileschi starting from 1623, the year in which she was admitted to the Academy of Drawing in Florence. The film traces the life of Artemisia through her masterpieces, preserved in important international museums (from the Detroit Institute of Arts to the Columbus Museum of Art in the USA, from the Royal Palace in Madrid to the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg in Berlin up to the Galleria Spada di Roma) and private collections, such as theAurora (ca. 1627), for the first time in an Ultra HD 4K documentary, and the David and Goliath (1639), recently discovered in London thanks to the British restorer Simon Gillespie who, in an exclusive interview for the documentary, explains how it was David’s sword, after restoration, that revealed the identity of the author of the painting.

Artemisia Gentileschi, Jordan River Warrior Painter - poster
Artemisia Gentileschi, Jordan River Warrior Painter – poster


“I wanted to create this work to also tell the inner dimension of an artist, even, in this case, a woman”, spiega Jordan River. “In art documentaries the spiritual dimension is almost absent. I think that a ‘mature’ painter, when he creates masterpieces, does not limit himself to how to give color and embellish the living rooms of the rulers, but also, and above all, express an inner vision of human existence. In making this deliberately somewhat didactic documentary (precisely to provide viewers with useful tools for every level of knowledge, making it accessible to all), I wanted to retrace the artist’s entire life, without reducing it to a mere biographical story. I think that Artemisia’s life and her works “, concludes the director, “May today let us immerse ourselves in the power of art on an emotional level and understand what lives in the soul of an artist at times oppressed by those everyday circumstances that life can sometimes reserve for a human being”. To interpret Artemisia, in the film, is the actress Angela Curri; in addition to the one with Simon Gillespie, the film features interviews with Adriana Capriotti (Art Historian, Director of Galleria Spada, MiBACT) and Alessandra Masu (Art Historian, collector).

– Desirée Maida

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