I Know What I Am: The True Story of Artemisia Gentileschi

Against the backdrop of a repressive and violent seventeenth century Rome, I Know What I Am tells the story of female painter Artemisia Gentileschi. In a world where the Catholic church controls everything, this extraordinary woman challenges the society she was born into and becomes a groundbreaking artist.
I Know What I Am portrays a time period full of philosophers, criminals, plagues, inquisitions, lecherous church officials, and high- profile artist celebrities. This gripping graphic novel serves as both an art history lesson and a coming-of-age father daughter story, as well as a new look at the history of sexual violence.
Using solely ballpoint pens, Seattle artist Gina Siciliano creates a unique work that interprets Renaissance and Baroque style through an entirely new lens. Bridging the modern “low” art form of comics with the traditionally “high” art form of painting, Siciliano comments on our forgotten past, the ways we define progress, and the history of women in art as a whole. Visit the artist’s website: www.ginasiciliano.com

 Ouroboros Press is pleased to be distributing this exceptional graphic novel.

 

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I KNOW WHAT I AM [Part One]
THE TRUE STORY OF ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI
Written and illustrated by Gina Siciliano
Edited by Jason Conger
78 pages, notes, bibliography
$12.00 + postage [orders outside the US may require additional postage]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I KNOW WHAT I AM [Part Two]
THE TRUE STORY OF ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI
Written and illustrated by Gina Siciliano
Edited by Jason Conger
78 pages, notes, bibliography
$12.00 + postage [orders outside the US may require additional postage]
 

I Know What I Am – The Trial of 1612 continues the story of seventeenth century painter Artemisia Gentileschi. As Artemisia strives to become a professional artist in Catholic Rome, she must also fight to uphold her honor after her father’s coworker, Agostino Tassi, brutally attacks her. With the help of family friend, Giovanni Battista Stiattesi, Artemisia and her father take the perpetrator to court, sparking a complex and suspenseful battle both similar and different from contemporary legal practice. In graphic novel form, Seattle artist Gina Siciliano provides a close examination of the eight month trial, which stands as a window into seventeenth century values and culture. I Know What I Am – The Trial of 1612 uses Italian Renaissance and Baroque history to further the dialogue on the social, political, and personal repercussions of sexual violence, the role of art throughout women’s history, and the power of the painters during this tumultuous time period.

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