The Life and Art of Artemisia Gentileschi @ Calandra Institute (NYC) on March 24, 2016, 6PM

The Life and Art of Artemisia Gentileschi @ Calandra Institute (NYC) on March 24, 2016, 6PM


March 24, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00PM
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute | 25 East 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10036

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Join NOIAW for a lecture on the fascinating life and art of the great Italian Baroque painter Artemisia GentileschiDr. Snjezana Smodlaka, researcher in Italian language, literature, art and music, will give the presentation. A networking reception with light refreshments and a performance by a baroque musician will follow the presentation.

While well-known and respected during her lifetime, Artemisia Gentileschi (Rome, 1593-Naples, 1652) was overlooked by art scholars for 300 years. Only recently has she gained her rightful place in art history.

In the past, some of her paintings were erroneously attributed to male painters; now, 34 of her surviving canvases can be found in the most prestigious museums of Europe (in Florence, Madrid, Vienna); 11 of them are in the USA.

Gentileschi was among the first professional women artists. She was the first woman to be a member of the celebrated Florentine Art Academy and was among the first women who was engaged to live in the English court as a painter. She was a respected friend of Galilei and Michelangelo the Younger.

Gentileschi refused to conform to traditional conventions. For example, when she focused on biblical and historic women like Judith and Lucretia, she gave an original and powerful treatment that was radically different from her contemporaries and predecessors. Her excellent work was recognized by Spanish and English kings, Grand Duke of Tuscany and other noblemen.

Despite her success, painful experiences like rape and a trial almost ruined her reputation and might have influenced some of her art work. Still, it’s undoubtable Artemisia Gentileschi excelled in a field that was, at the time, reserved for men.


Born in Croatia, Dr. Snjezana Smodlaka obtained her B.A. in Italian Language and Literature and M.A. in Romance Philology at Zagreb University, Croatia.  She was Assistant Professor at the University of Zadar for eleven years. Thirty years ago she came to the USA to continue her research and obtained her Ph.D in Italian Literature at Rutgers University. She worked as an Italian and Latin teacher for 24 years at St. Joseph Hill Academy; and as an adjunct at Wagner College, the College of Staten Island (CUNY) and Rutgers University. She has published numerous articles on Italian language and literature; and presented more than 20 papers at international conferences in the US, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Spain and Germany. For the last decade she has broadened her research on the study of the connections between Italian literature, art and music.

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