Art History: How Two Scholars Deal with the Imagery of Artemesia Gentileschi Henry Sayre and Mary D. Garrard look at the imagery ostensibly expressed by Artemesia Gentileschi and approach it in two distinct ways. Sayre offers a general overview of Gentileschi that brings up biographical details which explain (Sayre believes) the artist’s subject matter. By comparison, Garrard ostensibly looks at issues like gender and representation and artistic agency. However, this writer argues that there is an element of feminism in Sayre’s work in the sense that he appears to sympathize with the artist’s depiction of a woman taking revenge upon a lustful man; the chief difference between Sayre and Garrard, however, is that Garrard enters into a...The end:
.....ividual back-story of Artemesia whereas Garrard looks at the artist within a socio-cultural and socio-political context and views her work as being a rejection of the constraints imposed by such. Overall, Sayre is interested in the individual artist; Garrard is interested in what the artist is really saying about women, about their potential and about the agency that may be found in the hands of a woman whose weapons can be either a paintbrush of a sword. Works Cited Garrard, M.D. “Artemesia’s hand.” Reclaiming Female Agency. Ed. Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard. California: University of California, 2005. 63-79. Sayre, Henry. “Artemesia Gentileschi and Caraveggisti Painting.” Discovering the Humanities. Pearson/Prentice Hall: 2008. 295-97.