Artemisia (1997)




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Movie Info

Less-than-poetic license is taken in this fact-based tale of the pioneering 17th-Century painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Colorful, marginally erotic, but something of a bore when all the paint is dry.

Rating: R (For strong, graphic sexuality and nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Patrick Amos, Christine Miller, Agnès Merlet
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 18, 2001



as Artemisia Gentilesch...

as Orazio Gentileschi

as Agostino Tassi

as Cosimo Quorli

as Costanza

as The Judge

as The Lawyer

as Tassi's Sister

as The Acadamy Director

as Academy Student

as Academy Student

as The Mother Superior

as Orazio's Assistant

as Tassi's Assistant

as Tassi's Assistant

as Tassi's Assistant

as The Duke's Servant

as The Rich Merchant's ...

as The Torturer
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Critic Reviews for Artemisia

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (9)

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Detroit News
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | May 8, 1998
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Artemisia

Lovely movie, beautiful to watch. Every scene could have been made into a painting. May not be accurate in the depiction of this persons life, but that's often what happens when you translate a story, or historical facts, into film. Tragic romance period piece that features some fine acting, and cinematography. The musical score perfectly reflected the mood of the film. Nicely done...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A wonderful movie. I came across this on a list of Movies shown at the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival. This is one of those films that turns out great, not knowing a thing about it going into it. Its about the life of a very young female artist in the 17th century, Being a female and a artist was unheard of in the 17th century, she seems to favor painting male nudity, she falls in love with a older male artist and loses her virginity to him, another thing unheard of in the 17th century (Things haven't changed much) The man is taken to court and put in prison for his affair with her. This is not one of those movies you will find on the shelves of Wal-Mart nor one your going to hear much about other then here. But its worth every minute of your time. Add it to your collection. At the very lease rent it.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


This very exposing and erotic film explores rape trial of Artemisia and Tassi. The emotionally packed scenes entice the viewer to become directly involved with Artemisia's lack of authority in her own life and how she overcomes it. An inspiration to women everywhere, Artemisia broke down barriers in the art world that were never even attempted before. I highly recommend this film.

Andrea Woelkers

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