The Art Newspaper: ANNA BRADY

Never before publicly exhibited, this painting of Lucretia by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654) will come to auction for the first time in its history at Dorotheum in Vienna on 23 October.

Gentileschi is one of the very few female Italian Baroque painters known today and her depictions of strong, embattled women have led her to become something of an Old Master poster girl for the #MeToo era. Tying into a wider reassessment of female artists of all periods, interest in Gentileschi’s often violent depictions of strong female protagonists from classical mythology has risen sharply in the past year alone. In July, London’s National Gallery bought Gentileschi’s Self-portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (around 1615-17) for £3.6m from the London-based dealer Robilant + Voena. The previously unknown painting had sold at Drouot in Paris last December for a record €2.3m, more than ten times the €300,000-€400,000 estimate. …Read More

Image: Lucretia, by the female Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi, has never before been publicly exhibitedCourtesy of Dorotheum