Artemisia Gentileschi’s David and Bathsheba: The Restoration

Screenplay by Linda Falcone, Jane Fortune, Nicola MacGregor and Serena Padovani.
Arte Media Productions, 2008
Genre: Art
Languages: English / Italian
Approx. running time: 50 minutes

Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the world’s greatest Baroque artists is celebrated for interpreting Caravaggio’s revolutionary painting style. The recent revival and re-evaluation of her courageous life and works spurred the restoration of one of the artist’s lesser-known works: David and Bathsheba. Completed in Naples in 1635, the painting was part of the Grand Ducal Collections and had been languishing in the Pitti Palace’s storage deposits for centuries. The quest to salvage the badly-damaged masterpiece also provides a fascinating window on the artist’s years in Florence, where she worked as a court painter for the Medici Dynasty, following her torturous rape trial.

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