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died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark
choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her
She chose paint.
By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She
was one of Rome’s most talented painters, even if no one knew her name.
But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women,
and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a
life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.
He will not consume
my every thought.
I am a painter.
I will paint.
Joy McCullough’s bold novel in verse is a portrait of an artist as a
young woman, filled with the soaring highs of creative inspiration and the
devastating setbacks of a system built to break her. McCullough weaves
Artemisia’s heartbreaking story with the stories of the ancient
heroines, Susanna and Judith, who become not only the subjects of two of
Artemisia’s most famous paintings but sources of strength as she battles
to paint a woman’s timeless truth in the face of unspeakable and
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