The Artemesia Exhibition

Artemesia self portrait as the Allegory of painting

This is the exhibition that everybody has been talking about!

At the royal invitation of King Charles I, Artemisia made the long and difficult journey from Italy to London.

In 17th-century Europe, at a time when women artists were not easily accepted, Artemisia was exceptional. She challenged conventions and defied expectations to become a successful artist and one of the greatest storytellers of her time.

The National Gallery has uploaded several short films on to YouTube to promote this exhibition. 

This is an exclusive first look at some of the major loans that will be included in our ‘Artemisia’ exhibition with exhibition curator, Letizia Treves, and Tracy Jones, the Head of Press.

18 Minutes

The BBC also have an excellent presentation my Michael Palin on the life and work of Artemesia which can be viewed on iPlayer. Go to Categories and then Arts. The programme is called Michael Palin’s Quest for Artemesia and is an hour long.

Lunch-time lectures at the National Gallery of Art

 Chris Riopelle, the Neil Westreich Curator of Post 1800 Paintings, discusses Ingres’s ‘Madame Moitessier’. The portrait is influenced by the art of antiquity and the Renaissance. Ingres believed that portraiture was a less elevated art form than history painting. When first asked by Moitessier in 1844 to paint his wife, Ingres refused. On meeting her, he was struck by her beauty and agreed. The painting was left unfinished, and was finally completed in 1856.  

24 Minutes

A light hearted look at an  old favourite- Mr and Mrs Andrews

From Jeremy Vine to a parish priest, find out why Gainsborough’s painting has intrigued people for centuries. 





12 Minutes

Curator of Later Italian, Spanish, and French 17th-century Paintings, Letizia Treves, guides you through the tumultuous life of Caravaggio. She looks at how his innovative style developed from a focus on nature and expression in his early works to the sophistication of his mature works.  



30 Minutes

Delve into the strange and intriguing composition of Piero della Francesca’s ‘Baptism of Christ’ and learn more about this once forgotten, revolutionary painter with Caroline Campbell, Director of Collections and Research.  

29 Minutes

Freelance lecturer James Heard talks you through Rembrandt’s illustrious and prolific career, from the successes of his early years in Amsterdam, to his later bankruptcy and the power of his self-portraits.  

28 Minutes

Watch Associate Curator Francesca Whitlum-Cooper discuss Canaletto and his incredible view paintings of Venice, which were hugely in demand, particularly with British visitors on the Grand Tour. She focuses on Canaletto’s painting ‘The Stonemason’s Yard’, a mysterious and perhaps more unusual Venetian view from the artist.

30 Minutes

This is just a selection of the lectures that are available from the National Gallery of Art to view on line. This page will be refreshed from time to time.