Several exhibitions since 1991 have contributed to revaluate Artemisa as a great artist. The big exhibition (perhaps the most complete to date) held in Milan at Palazzo Reale from 22 September 2011 to 29 January 2012, and then in Paris, has given back full dignity to the artist.

The Museo Civico in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, stores a “Susanna and the Elders”. It is considered a painting by Artemisia as its composition resembles one of Artemisia’s first work, the now famous “Susanna and the Elders” of 1610 (Oil on canvas, 1.70m x 1.21m, Graf von Schonborn Kunstsammlungen, Schloss Weissenstein, Pommersfelden, Germany).

We filmed the return to Italy of the Bassano Susanna after the painting had been lent for the Paris exhibition.

In the painting a young naked girl, Susanna, reacts to the inappropriate and violent intrusion of two men (an old one and a younger one, contrary to the common theme of the two elders) during a bath.



Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567 – 1643)
Prologo Atto I - Sinfonia Atto II - Sinfonia Atto III  (L’Orfeo, Venezia, Ricciardo Amadino, 1608)