Artemisia (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Artemisia (1997)



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Movie Info

Less-than-poetic license is taken in this fact-based tale of the pioneering 17th-Century painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Colorful, marginally erotic, but something of a bore when all the paint is dry.


Valentina Cervi
as Artemisia Gentileschi
Michel Serrault
as Orazio Gentileschi
Miki Manojlovic
as Agostino Tassi
Luca Zingaretti
as Cosimo Quorli
Maurice Garrel
as The Judge
Jacques Nolot
as The Lawyer
Dominique Reymond
as Tassi's Sister
Patrick Lancelot
as The Acadamy Director
Rinaldo Rocco
as Academy Student
Enrico Salimbeni
as Academy Student
Catherine Zago
as The Mother Superior
Lorenzo Lavia
as Orazio's Assistant
Sami Bouajila
as Tassi's Assistant
Edoardo Ruiz
as Tassi's Assistant
Aaron De Luca
as Tassi's Assistant
Guido Roncalli
as The Duke's Servant
Pierre Bechir
as The Rich Merchant's Son
Massimo Pittarello
as The Torturer
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Critic Reviews for Artemisia

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

You like [Artemisia] right away because you sense there's no deceit in her.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's been richly photographed and designed, but soon degenerates into a typical flesh-and-sin charade.

December 5, 2006 | Full Review…

The film does a pretty good job of both recreating the world of 17th century art and of avoiding too much historical anachronism.

June 19, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

an always perceptive look into the life of an artist only previously known to the most academic of us. Merlet brings the sixteen-hundreds alive with all its wantonness.

March 3, 2003

A heroine who finds sanctuary in her imagination, the one truth that can be trusted.

March 2, 2002 | Full Review…

For what it is, essentially a steamy and well-made period-piece, 'Artemisia' plays fairly effectively.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Artemisia

Lovely movie, beautiful to watch. Every scene could have been made into a painting. May not be accurate in the depiction of this persons life, but that's often what happens when you translate a story, or historical facts, into film. Tragic romance period piece that features some fine acting, and cinematography. The musical score perfectly reflected the mood of the film. Nicely done...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A wonderful movie. I came across this on a list of Movies shown at the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival. This is one of those films that turns out great, not knowing a thing about it going into it. Its about the life of a very young female artist in the 17th century, Being a female and a artist was unheard of in the 17th century, she seems to favor painting male nudity, she falls in love with a older male artist and loses her virginity to him, another thing unheard of in the 17th century (Things haven't changed much) The man is taken to court and put in prison for his affair with her. This is not one of those movies you will find on the shelves of Wal-Mart nor one your going to hear much about other then here. But its worth every minute of your time. Add it to your collection. At the very lease rent it.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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