Artist Forum


Leia Morning will be performing a one-woman production on Artemisia Gentileschi, born in Rome in 1593 and trained to paint by her father Orazio Gentileschi.  Artemisia is “the first documented woman in Western history to fulfill our concept of artistic genius,” according to art historian Mary D. Garrard.  Artemisia’s early paintings were influenced by the chiaroscural naturalism of Caravaggio, which feature Biblical narratives and are often striking for the violence portrayed.  Artemisia was raped in 1611 by landscape artist Agostino Tassi, and her achievements as an artist were long overshadowed by the sensationalism of Tassi’s trial in which Gentileschi testified and was tortured.  The trial has influenced the feminist view of Artemisia during the late 20th century and prompted many feminist studies of her life and work. A splendid book showcasing the work of both Orazio and Artemisia was published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for its 2002 exhibition of the works by father and daughter.

Works by Artemisia Gentileschi

 About Leia Morning:

Artemisia Gentileschi is one of three artists featured in Leia Morning’s production Wedded to the Brush which premiered in 2012.  Morning has written and currently performs several one-woman productions, portraying over twenty-five different women including Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sojourner Truth, Emily Dickinson, and Mae West.  Her productions have been seen throughout California in theatres, universities, secondary schools, clubs, museums, and libraries, including the Huntington Library, Crocker Art Gallery, and Sierra Madre Playhouse.  Morning received her master’s and doctor’s degrees in Early Music from Stanford University and her Bachelor of Music degree from USC.  She has been the recipient of numerous grants, including a Fulbright grant, two NEH grants, a Toyota International Teacher grant, and a TAAP grant.  She has trained in commedia del Arte, Kyogen, and Noh theatre traditions.