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Monday 5th October 6pm

Join us for a special introductory lecture in conjunction with the opening of one of 2020’s key exhibitions, dedicated to the extraordinary life and work of Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the most celebrated female painters in the history of art. 

Booking closes at 4pm on 5th October.

A follower of Caravaggio, whose work she will have encoutered through his friendship with her father Orazio Gentileschi, Artemisia rose to become one of the most sought after painters of her day, becoming the first ever female member of the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence. She also enjoyed fame in Rome, Venice, Naples and London where she worked alongside her father for King Charles I, who acquired one of her most beautiful and intriguing paintings, an allegorical self-portrait in the guise of La Pittura or Painting. Despite a series of tragic events during her youth and the constant challange of working within what was still very much a male-dominated environment, Artemisia continued to overcome personal difficulty, producing some of the most sublime and moving images of the early 17th century.  Around 35 paintings will be brought together for the first time for this major exhibition, including key loans such as Self-Portrait as a Lute Player (about 1615-18) from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art which was painted around the same time as the National Gallery’s own recent acquisition, Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

This is a live-streamed lecture which will be given by Siân Walters at 6.00pm BST (British Summer Time).  Tune in from anywhere in the world to watch or enjoy a recorded version of the lecture which can be accessed for up to 24 hours afterwards.

The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by questions which Siân will answer live.


Further Information


1. BOOK.

Click on the gold “Book This Course/Event” button on the right hand side now, fill in the online booking form and pay online. Please use a UK account/card (if you are paying using a non-UK account/card please email us to arrange alternative payment methods). You will be notified automatically by email once your booking has been accepted.

The participation fee is £10 per person, if making bookings for a number of people please provide their email addresses when booking them as separate participants.


Download ZOOM once you have booked - please print/download the instructions in this downloadable link and read them carefully. 


You will receive an email at least 24 hours before the lecture asking you to register.** This is a privacy function enabling only registered participants to attend. After registering you will immediately receive the log in link to the lecture.

** Please note that these details are sent out in office hours, so if you book on a weekend you may not receive them until Monday. You must register with the same name that you have booked under and at least 45 minutes before the lecture begins, otherwise you may not be able to watch. If you have not received your email confirmations, please check your ‘deleted items' and 'junk mail' folders.


Join the lecture at least ten minutes before it is scheduled to start, to ensure everything is working.

If you are not able to watch the lecture at the time it is live-streamed, you can still book online, as above. You will be contacted after the lecture has been broadcast with instructions on how to access the recorded lecture, for up to 24 hours afterwards.You do not need to advise us if you can't participate live, don't worry!

Bookings close the day before the lecture is streamed (the booking period has now been extended until 4pm on the day of the lecture - please see above)

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event. We regret that we are unable to offer technical support with Zoom but tips can be found in the attachment. If you would like to book more than one event, please book separately for each lecture that you would like to attend, thank you. If you are booking for more than one person, it is important that you include their email address so that we can send them the lecture link too. We regret we are unable to offer refunds but don't worry if you are not able to attend, as we will send you the recorded lecture link.

Image: Artemisia Gentileschi, Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria © National Gallery, London

It is so wonderful to have so many brilliant lectures to look forward to on the computer. Thank you for all the joy that you bring to my day ”

Mrs R Patey

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  • Online, live lecture
  • Viewable from anywhere in the world
  • Given by National Gallery lecturer
  • Live Q&A


  • Price: £10.00
  • Venue: See Further Information
  • Lecturer: Siân Walters


Booking is now closed.

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