Video Series Teaches Art in One Minute

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 03:45

An interesting video project by Accasfilm and Keyframe aims to inspire viewers to learn more about art history through 1-minute videos that examine single works of art.

The series is designed to intrigue web users about the great beauty of art, told through ancient and contemporary masterpieces.

The project is called One Minute Art.

As our Guess the Artwork column this week features a painting by Artemisia Gentileschi, today we show you a video within this series that features another important Gentileschi painting, “Judith Slaying Holofernes.” In this scene, Judith and her maidservant behead the general after he has fallen asleep drunk. Although the painting depicts a classic scene from the Bible, Gentileschi drew herself as Judith and her mentor Agostino Tassi, who was tried in court for her rape, as Holofernes. The painting is very physical, from the wide spurts of blood to the energy of the two women as they try to wield the large dagger.

Gentileschi was an Italian Baroque painter, and today she is considered one of the most accomplished painters in the generation following that of Caravaggio. In an era when women painters were not easily accepted by the artistic community or patrons, she was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence.

That's why we decided to close the week celebrating women - International Women's Day was March 8 - remembering an accomplished, brave woman.