Artemisia Gentileschi Annunciation

Jane’s Gems

Jane Fortune
June 28, 2007

In my research, I have found it puzzling that only one Annunciation was cited as done by a woman’s hand. This reference is in Germaine Greer’s book, The Obstacle Race. She mentions an Artemisia Gentileschi Annunciation (1630) in the Capodimonte Museum, Naples, which portrays an interchange between "two female figures", typical of Artemisia depicting heroic women. There is also a reference to Suor Plautilla Nelli that ‘two ladies of Florence both owned Annunciations by her hand’; these works are lost.


My question is, since there were many nuns who painted (‘convent painters’), why weren’t there other Annunciations executed by women?


Artemisia Gentileschi, Annunciation, Capodimonte | Photo: Wikipedia

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Holly Morse

23 days and 11 hours and 2 minutes ago
I'm interested in this post - mostly because you say Germaine Greer read Gentileschi's Annunciation as an interaction between two women. Does this mean she suggests that the angel addressing Mary, in the painting, is female?

Alexandra Korey

23 days and 9 hours and 9 minutes ago
Hi Holly, I'm not sure what Jane had in mind with this reflection (back in 2007) but I would suggest going back to the source (Greer). I've added a photo of the work to this article, but clearly we can both see that the Angel Gabriel is not a woman, and there are no other figures in the painting. I'm afraid i can't help you on that! Alexandra Korey