Sleeping Venus: Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi: Sleeping Venus

Sleeping Venus was painted by Artemisia Gentileschi in 1630 and some maintain that this Venus, here fanned by her son Cupid while she drifts to sleep, bears the face of the artist herself. If so, this is an expression and manifestation of supremely confident and proud womanhood painted with realistic tones and colors but yet a highly idealized and classicized expression.

Artemisia Gentileschi’s Sleeping Venus is in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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