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The best art in April 2020—Artemisia at the National Gallery and Zanele Muholi at Tate Modern

Plus a celebration of the Barber’s Coin Collection in Birmingham

By Emma Crichton-Miller   April 2020

Artemisia, National Gallery, 4th April to 26th July

In 2018 the National Gallery bought the recently rediscovered self-portrait of Artemisia Gentileschi posing as Saint Catherine of Alexandria. The work was painted by the celebrated 17th-century woman painter, shortly after her rape in Rome in 1612 by fellow painter Agostino Tassi. This first major UK show gathers a sequence of powerful paintings of strong women, including two gory versions of Judith slaying Holofernes and her virtuosic Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting.

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