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Investigate the making of 

Artemisia's Intent

Found Text

While much of the show features original writing, the show was crafted with a variety of found texts, many of them historical. 

Our research process includes consulting academic texts, popular literature and original source material. Click through here to find an in-progress list of all texts consulted for the creation of this play.

The Paintings

Here are the paintings of Artemisia Gentileschi which inspired the script.


Artemisia's Intent deals with stories of women and sexual assault. For more resources and initiatives to end violence and harassment against women, please take a moment to learn about the following organizations.

Field Notes Blog

For more insight into our creative process and the collaborators on this project, visit our blog, Field Notes!

About Artemisia

Artemisia Gentileschi was born 1593 in Rome to Prudentia and Orazio Gentileschi. Prudentia died shortly after Artemisia was born. Artemisia lived in Rome with her father and brothers where she studied painting. Their home was also inhabited by a tenant, Tuzia, and her children. In 1610 Artemisia completes her first painting, Susanna and The Elders. Orazio hired his friend and fellow painter, Agostino Tassi, to tutor Artemisia on perspective. Agostino raped Artemisia in her home and, in 1612, Orazio sued Agostino for deflowering Artemisia. Agostino was found guilty and exiled from Rome (a punishment that was never enforced). Orazio’s notary, Giovanni Battista Stiattesi, brokered a marriage between his brother and Artemisia. After she married Pier Antonio Stiattesi, they moved to Florence where Artemisia joined the Accademia di Arte del Disegno. She maintained a prosperous career as a painter in Florence, travels to England, then returns to Rome with her only surviving child, Prudenza, after leaving her husband who had gambled away most of their money. The exact date of her death is unknown but is presumed to be between 1652-1653.

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