"A Woman Like That" A documentary film by Ellen Weissbrod | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

"A Woman Like That" A documentary film by Ellen Weissbrod

October 21, 2010 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

History of Art & Architecture, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, and Women's Studies

This documentary film is a tribute from the film-maker to the seventeenth-century Italian painter, Artemisia Gentileschi, made while an exhibition devoted to her work and that of her father Orazio, was taking place in New York and St. Louis in 2002. It is also an autobiographical statement by Weissbrod, who after making many documentaries about male artists for other directors, wanted to make a film about a subject of her own choice.

Fascinated by Artemisia’s struggles to survive as a painter at a time when few women had any professional careers, and denied permission to film in the museum galleries during the run of the exhibition, Weisbrod interviewed the scholars who brought Artemisia to the attention of the American public, art dealers and collectors who owned her work, faculty and students studying the artist and visitors to both venues of the exhibition.  Then she went to Rome to see where Artemisia lived, and talk to Italian scholars and collectors.  From these interviews, and a few images of herself with her own thoughts about why she undertook this challenging project, she has created a lively mosaic of responses from contemporary viewers about a painter who is far better known today than she was in her lifetime.  [93 minutes] 

Discussion to follow with a reception afterwards.


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