GENTILESCHI, Artemisia
(b. 1593, Roma, d. ca. 1653, Napoli)

Bathsheba at her Bath

1640s
Oil on canvas, 205 x 156 cm
Private collection

Artemisia reveled in depictions of female heroines such as Judith and Sisera, as well as more traditional subjects such as Cleopatra, Danae, and female personifications of allegories. In the present work the heroine is at her toilet, attended to by two maid-servants. It successfully combines two of Artemisia’s career-long interests: the magnificence of the female form and the voluminous depiction of sumptuous fabrics, particularly in evidence in Bathsheba's yellow drapery.

The subject of Bathsheba was treated by the artist on several occasions.