365 Days of Art: May 14 – Artemisia Ghentileschi Testifies at the Trial of Her Rapist

Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Slaying Holofernes, 1611-1612

May 14, 1612

Artemisia Gentileschi testifies at the trial of her rapist, Agostino Tassi, a friend of her father’s (the painter Orazio Gentileschi):

. . . as I have said, I trusted him and would never have believed that he would dare rape me and do damage both to me and the friendship he had with my father. And I did not realise it until he grabbed me by the waist, threw me on the bed . . . and took hold of me in order to rape me and take away my virginity.”