Artemisia Gentileschi: Artemisia was born on July 8, 1593 in Rome, Italy. She painted during a time when women painters were not greatly appreciated and often times were not credited for the work they did. Artemisia was a strong young lady determined to be recognized for her work, like that of her father Orazio Gentileschi, and would not stop until she reached her goal. Her paintings were often very sexual and pictured her subjects nude or partly nude which was not allowed at that time for women artists. She trained under the well known artist Agostino Tassi and learned how to view art differently. Agostino later raped Artemisia and they continued with these sexual relations until her father became aware of the events and charged Tassi.
To gain back honor from her peers, her married Pierantonio Stiattesi moved to him in Florence, Italy. During their time in Florence they had four sons and one daughter. Due to money problems Artemisia moved back to Rome with her daughter. She has another daughter with a different man in Rome and attempted to teach both how to paint. She wanted to empower her children with the opportunity as a woman that she did not have, which was to paint freely.
Elizabeth Peters: Liz is a 21 year old female and is currently a senior at Penn State University majoring in Marketing. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her mother, father, and two sisters. She was a tom-boy growing up and was always outside playing sports ad continued to do so through high-school. She later gained an interest in theater and was in all of the high schools musical productions and one main stage act play. Liz is also very involved with community service events and spent the last four years participating in the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON, though different school organizations, as well as other community activities. In her free time she enjoys practicing cosmetology especially painting nails and one day hopes to open a saloon of her own. After her graduation in May she will be moving from her home state of Pennsylvania to Wisconsin to enter the business world as a merchant analyst.
April 20, 2010
Today is April 20, also known as "National Weed Day" to those who smoke. I am not one of those people. I am also not one of those people who go parading around telling people not to smoke or try to get them to change their lifestyle. People are just people, and they have the right to make their own choices even if people do not agree with them. I know that I will be asked multiple times today to smoke at some party during the day and tonight, but I will of course say no thanks.
Other people will be at parties with friends and feel pressure to smoke, peer pressure. I understand these pressures are out there but sometime don't get it. I just say no and never have any problems even when I'm asked multiple times and yet other kids said they feel they have to give into peer pressure. I think people need to be more like you and to stand up for themselves. In your situation you wanted to paint whatever you wanted and were not going to let anyone stand in your way. For these other kids they should be allowed to say no and not feel harassed, and if they are they should just remove themselves from the situation. Maybe I've had it easy or my friends just understand how I am and that smoking does not interest me.
Anyways, it is also my friends 22nd birthday so I will be out celebrating that tonight which will be a crazy night of events! I will have my fun without being high :)
Talk to you soon!
There will always be troubles I everyone's lives and choices that have to be made. Growing up in my time it was all about the males. The held the power while the women sat back and played their role. I however was different.
Painting was my getaway from everything. I learned all of my skills from my father growing up who was well known for his artistic talents, but even then I was limited with the subjects I could paint and how I was allowed to paint them. Nude paintings by a female were not allowed. They thought women should only paint landscapes and still life and while I do appreciate those types of paintings, they did not capture my passion. I wanted to paint real things, people, emotion, and that I could not do with still life. I also struggled in being recognized for the work that I had done and man of times I had to give the credit of my beautiful paintings to a male figure.
You are lucky to be living in a time where there is freedom of speech and you have the power to do as you please. Like me, you do not give into peer pressure. Everyone should have the right to not feel pressured into anything; unfortunately that is not always how it turns out. There will always be something that causes you to make a decision at a moment's time and it will not always be easy o just walk away. As long as you know who you are and stand by that, you will be able to hold your head high.
I agree, I am very lucky to live in a time where I have many freedoms and can express myself freely. While I still had rules growing up, they were not nearly as grounded as it was for you. I also know that having those set back, and not being allowed to do certain things, makes you strive to pursue them even more. You were only allowed to paint certain things, like landscapes and still life, but that is not what you wanted. Instead of taking a back seat and giving in to what other females were doing, you went down your own path and painted your friend nude. You took charge of your life by following your passion and that is why you are so influential to me.
When I was younger my dad would not let my sisters and I paint our nails. To this day I am not sure why this was, but it was a rule so I never had nail polish like other girls did. As I got older I started painting my nails and my dad gave in and let me do it. I would practice all the time because I wanted them to look professional, and it saved me money from having to visit the nail salon! Now I am obsessed with cosmetology, and have become pretty good at my hobby, and hope that when I am settled with my life I want to open my own salon. While I was held back as a kid, I think it worked to my advantage because it made me want to work harder to get my way, and now I want to run a business which is something I never thought of doing. Now I have all of my friends asking me to do their nails, for free of course!
Like you said before, there will always be struggles, and I realize there will always be times that I can't have my way, but that just makes me work harder.
Time for dinner with my little sister. Thanks for listening.
If I had the opportunity to grow up in your time now I wonder if I would have been different. I would have been free to be a painter and to be recognized for all of my work, but that would not have been as challenging as I had it and I am not sure if I would have as much passion for it. Sometimes the fact that you can't do something makes you want to do it more, like you mentioned with you and your dad. I wonder what my passion would be for. If I did stick with art I wonder if anyone would pay notice because there are now many female artists around, although they are not recognized for "greatness" as the past male artists are.
I think that it is great that they have women studies courses to learn about the struggles and lifestyles that were lived before your time. During my time men had all the power and now the power is more or less equal between the two genders. The times will always change, and I feel that people just need to follow their passion. It may not be the easiest path to go down, but they satisfaction of being your own person is worth the risks.
I think you may have done thing differently if you were to grow up in my time. Even now I wonder if I had gone to a different college, or lived in a different part of the country, if I would be on the same path as I am now. I am following in my parents' footsteps and entering the business world once I graduate college this May. I have always had a knack for business and it is a good fit for me, but there are many other things that I am also interested in. I look back and think about the other opportunities I would have had if I decided to study a different subject.
Even while selecting my marketing major I had a plan for myself after graduation. I wanted to get a sales or advertising type job in New York City because I have always wanted to live there, and because I know a lot of other friends of mine who live in the city so it would be a comfortable place for me to fit in. But, as I mentioned before, we don't always follow the path we had in mind and we have to take it into our own hands to move forward and get what we want. I will be moving to Wisconsin for a corporate retail position which is the last thing I thought I would be doing. I am also moving out there alone and will have to work a little harder to start a new life on my own. It will be a challenge but life without challenges would not be worth living.
You have inspired me to work hard for what I want and I will do that when I move away.
I chose Artemisia as my female character-role model because learning about her life and watching her movie caught my attention. It was my favorite assignment this semester to write about and decided she inspired me most. Artemisia struggled to become a known painter during her time, which was difficult because it was a man's job and no a females. She had a great talent, better than that of many men, but still was not credited for most of her work.
Her struggles and the way she pushed through them made me think if struggles in my life. Although we had different struggles, I still realized we were alike in ways. I think we are similar in that we fight for what we want and do not stop until we get it.
I wrote as both people but really considered what she actually might say to a young female today. I wrote her about things that were currently going on in my life, and tired that into things that matched her life.
Even though Artemisia was not recognized for her work in the 1600's, we talk about her now which helps spread the word about great females in the art world. I liked doing this assignment because it made me think about a strong female from the past and to put their life into perspective compared to mine. I realize how lucky I am to live in a time where there is so much freedom especially as a woman. My parents would never try to hide my talent and would push me to be the best at it as I could be. Being able to attend a school, and the school of my choice at that, is something Artemisia was turned away from, because of her gender. This assignment also made me realize how technology can play a big role in research. I read many online documents about Artemisia, along with watching the movie for class, and is how I came to know so much about her and why she inspires me. Back in the 1600's, Artemisia did not have a computer, television, or even a radio to do research and to find her inspiration for painting. She had to follow her father because it was all she knew. Due to all of this, I can do anything I want without being criticized or having to hide my life. Everything is not right in our word today, but compared to the past it has come a long way.