TV preview: Michael Palin’s Quest for Artemisia

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Curious about a powerful but violent painting that caught his eye, globetrotter Michael Palin sets off to discover the artist.

Curious about a powerful but violent painting that caught his eye, globetrotter Michael Palin sets off to discover the artist.

The astonishing story of the forgotten female artist Artemisia Gentileschi, who was painting around 400 years ago, is a story of battling against the odds.

Motherless at 12, raped as a teenager and then having to endure a public trial brought against the rapist by her father, she was married off to a stranger but still managed to become a highly talented painter. She was an astute operator with friends and patrons in high places, and Palin finds her work depicting the wronged women of history and myth in Florence, Rome and Naples.

Michael Palin’s Quest for Artemisia, BBC4, Dec 28, 9pm

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