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Episode #42: Shock Art: Gentileschi's Judith Slaying Holofernes (Season 4, Episode 3)

Episode #42: Shock Art: Gentileschi's Judith Slaying Holofernes (Season 4, Episode 3)

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor quality, or just bad when they were first made. With the passage of time comes a calm and an acceptance. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are many works peppered throughout art history that were straight-up shocking to the public when they were first presented decades, or even hundreds of years ago.

Today's work of "shock art:" Gentileschi's Judith Slaying Holofernes.

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Episode Credits

Production and Editing by Kaboonki. Theme music by Alex Davis.  Logo by Dave Rainey. Social media assistance by Emily Crockett. Additional writing and research by Kelsey Breen. 

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Additional music credits

 "Chance Encounter" by David Hilowitz is licensed under BY-NC 4.0; "Time Passing I" by David Hilowitz is licensed under BY-NC 4.0; "Chalet" by Meydän is licensed under BY 4.0; "Blind" by Meydän is licensed under BY 4.0; "Autumn: Meditativo" by Dee Yan-Key is licensed under BY-NC-SA 4.0; "To Start Again" by Monplaisir is licensed under CC0 1.0. Ad Music: "My Algo2" by Yan Terrian is licensed under BY-SA 4.0; "Mod" by Jesse Spillane is licensed under BY 4.0.  

Links and further resources

Artemisia Gentileschi by Mary Garrard

The Guardian: Artemisia, Power, Glory and Passion - review

The Guardian: More savage than Caravaggio: the woman who took revenge in oil

The Art Institute of Chicago: Violence and Virtue: Artemisia Gentileschi's Judith Slaying Holofernes

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