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TBC: The Life and Art of Artemisia

28th May at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Life and Art of Artemisia. Credit: GWL
The Life and Art of Artemisia. Credit: GWL
The Life and Art of Artemisia. Credit: GWL

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1654 or later) is considered one of the most accomplished and brilliant painters among the followers of Caravaggio. In an era when women artists faced many barriers, she was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia del Disegno in Florence and had a truly international clientele, including royalty. Artemisia faced challenges in both her professional and personal life. Her biography has long overshadowed her artistic achievements, but today she is recognised as one of the most talented painters of her generation.

The Life and Art of Artemisia, Thursday 28th May, 6pm to 7.30pm, 16+


In 2019, we had the privilege of displaying Artemisia Gentileschi’s deeply moving ‘Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria’ at GWL. A year from then, the first major exhibition of her work in the UK opens at the National Gallery in London. To celebrate Artemisia in our own way, we are hosting a talk by Dr Elisabetta Toreno who will tell us more about the life and work of this exceptional artist, and help us explore her paintings in relation to her life and to works by other artists of her time and later periods.


As of Wednesday 18th March, Glasgow Women’s Library is closed until further notice. We believe that closing our doors is the best way to slow the spread of Covid-19. We are no longer taking bookings for events in our Spring programme, in the understanding that they may not go ahead. If you can check in at the end of April for updates on our website and social media, or by email, please do so. You can find more information on our response to Covid-19 here.

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Glasgow Women’s Library is wheelchair accessible, with lifts to the first floor and the Mezzanine Floor. We have accessible toilets and all the bathrooms are individual closed stalls and are gender neutral. Our larger Events Space is fitted with an induction loop. A portable induction loop is also available. For paid events free companion tickets are available.

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28th May
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267


Glasgow Women’s Library
23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
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0141 550 2267