eumen: Judith Slaying Holofernes, c. 1611-1612 by Artemesia Gentileschi, a Roman painter. Gentileschi was raped and actually prosecuted her rapist in court, and the trial went on for like seven months and she was verbally abused and harassed, she underwent a physical exam to prove her virginity, she was physically tortured to see if she was telling the truth, and her rapist was actually found guilty! But he was only sentenced to a few months of exile.
Shortly after the trial, the church said she couldn’t paint the Virgin Mary or any other religious depictions because they couldn’t have someone who was raped painting things for the church. She then began painting things like this and in every painting she put the face of her rapist as the man being killed.
(Source: paradoxlust, via fuckyeahhardfemme)