Artemisia Gentileschi was one of the greatest 17th-century Italian painters. She was a professional painter by the age of 15. Initially, she painted in a Caravaggio style but later developed into a Baroque painter.
In 1616, Gentileschi became the first female artist to receive membership to the Florence Academy of the Arts of Drawing. This membership allowed her to sign contracts and purchase art supplies without needing consent from her husband.