Artemisia UpClose

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A day in the life of Artemisia… today

Artemisia Gentileschi’s Allegory of Inclination (1616) tributes the genius of Michelangelo, gives a nod to Galileo, and bears a striking resemblance to Artemisia herself. During its conservation at Casa Buonarroti, the canvas was removed from its ceiling heights, and placed at eye-level in the Florentine home-museum where Artemisia worked while five months pregnant, receiving a salary three times that of her male counterparts, and earning the esteem of her patron, Michelangelo the Younger. Artemisia UpClose documents this once-in-a-lifetime encounter and celebrates a project that encompasses research, restoration and an exhibition, in which world-renowned curators, conservators, philanthropists, art historians, restoration scientists and the art-loving public come together to discover the untold mysteries of an extraordinary artist and her censored artwork, painted over with draping not long after its creation, now unveiled – virtually – for the world.



Published for the exhibition Artemisia in the Museum of Michelangelo

Florence, Casa Buonarroti, 26 September 2023 – 8 January 2024

Exhibition and book sponsored by Calliope Arts & Christian Levett

Editor Linda Falcone

Authors Cristina Acidini, Alessandro Cecchi, Elizabeth Cropper, Mary Garrard, Margie MacKinnon, Elizabeth Wicks

Artemisia’s Florence debut and the restoration of her Inclination 400 years later

During Artemisia Gentileschi’s seven years in Florence, the artist formed friendships with emerging artists and top intellectuals, as part of Michelangelo the Younger’s cultural salon. She authored her Allegory of Inclination in her early twenties, just before becoming the first female painter accepted to Europe’s earliest drawing academy in Florence.

The Inclination became Artemisia’s first real ‘business card’ in a cultural climate in which she would later produce some of her greatest paintings for the Medici court. Artemisia UpClose, a project conceived and funded by Calliope Arts and Christian Levett, was developed in conjunction with Casa Buonarroti Museum and Foundation, where the painting and its restoration sparked new research on Artemisia as a painter and a person, before becoming the raison d’être of the exhibition ‘Artemisia in the Museum of Michelangelo’.


Artemisia’s Inclination

Margie MacKinnon

Artemisia in the museum of Michelangelo

Alessandro Cecchi

Artemisia and Michelangelo

Mary D. Garrard

Unveiling the restoration

Elizabeth Wicks

The poet, the painter and the philosopher

Elizabeth Cropper

The quest for Inclination

Cristina Acidini

Artemisa’s palette

Barbara Salvadori, Donata Magrini, Sofia Brizzi


Additional information

Weight 620 g
Dimensions 20 × 20 × 1 cm

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