Female painters were hardcore, yo.
She started painting in 1614, when pretty much NO WOMEN were doing that.
Her art is not messing around.
Susanna and the Elders
Gentileschi was clearly having none of that voyeuristic ****
It's a hard knock life (for realsies it was awful).
People assumed that her dad was helping her (or doing all the work for her) despite the fact that their styles were completely different. That would be irritating enough. Her mom died when she was twelve. Oh, and the tutor that had been hired to work with her raped her repeatedly. And her aunt, who was upstairs at the time, totally ignored her when she screamed for help. You know, because people are terrible.
Her dad sued the SOB, but the basis of the case wasn't that her tutor had done something awful to her as a person. Nope. It's that he stole her virginity (and some paintings, because why do things in halves). Turns out the guy had been planning on killing his wife, he'd been having an affair with his sister-in-law, and was planning on stealing a bunch more stuff from the Gentileschi family. But guess who had to be tortured during the trial? Artemisia. That was pretty standard.
Judith Beheading Holofernes
Her paintings are still judging you centuries later.
Dukes and Duchesses were all up in her business
You'd best remember this lady.
She was basically famous for something terrible that happened to her, and she owned it.
Basically, she took no ****.