Time for the answer to Art history Quiz week 2a. The artist was Artemisia Gentileschi, a female artist of the Baroque period who was taught by her father. Nude figure drawing was not considered suitable or proper for women at that time, so many women artists were trained by relatives or in other circumstances. Artemisia's style was modeled after Caravaggio, who was a master of contrasting light and dark. One of her frequent subjects was the story of Judith from the Apocrypha. More information can be found here: http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/bio/d/duccio/buoninse/biograph.html
Now, on to the next challenge! This painting has the distinction of being known as one of the first accurate depictions of an interior space. Who painted it?