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Artemisia Gentileschi, a female Baroque Artist from the 17th century, was an exceptional artist who dealt with difficult themes and female subjects. While there has been a plethora of analysis of her Judith series, there has been less focus on her Lucretia. I look at Artemisia Gentileschi's "Lucretia" (c. 1621), through the various narratives of Lucretia and the history of sexual violence to analyze the strength and female agency that is emphasized. I argue that the strength and musculature in the hands of Lucretia emphasize her female agency and autonomy to make a choice following her sexual assault. I highlight Gentileschi's previously under-acknowledge depiction of strong and musculature hands.
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Paul, Sarah, "Lucretia's Hand: The Influence of Myth and Sexual Violence on Artemisia Gentileschi's Lucretia" (2022). Student Publications. 985.