Written in 17th century journals left to a widow, Cornelia Stein, Artemisia’s story unfolds. Raped by her tutor, forced to submit to a gynaecological examination to ensure she is telling the truth, and then tortured in court, Artemisia Gentileschi becomes infamous.
Reading her story in contemporary London, an elderly widow, Cornelia Stein, becomes fascinated by Artemisia and is determined to donate the writings to a museum. But news of the journals leaks out and Cornelia finds herself enmeshed in a feeding frenzy as the dealers circle.
And so the lives of two women – one from 17th Century, one from 21st Century – mesh. Artemisia talks of sex, of loss, of death, as she fights with her patrons and protects her family, and at the same time Cornelia Stein finds herself under real threat as she defies the male bastions of the art world to ensure Artemisia’s legacy.
In the time of #MeToo and Women’s Rights, Artemisia Gentileschi’s story will resonate with every woman now. She might have been dismissed for centuries, but no longer.
The last words belong to Artemisia: ‘I will show you what a woman can do.’
Alexandra Connor – Biography
Having had a variety of careers – photographic model, cinema manager, journalist, and working in a Bond Street art gallery – Alexandra’s life was transformed when she was stalked and attacked. The injuries sustained lead to a period of recovery and during that time she discovered her true forte as an author and an artist.
As an author she has written many historical sagas. Also non fiction on the subject of art, published in UK and USA. At present Alexandra is writing art thrillers, pulling together her passions of writing, painting, history – and crime in the contemporary art world. Her publishers have included Headline, Harper Collins, Newton Compton and St Martins Press, USA, as well as foreign publishers. Many of her books have been bestsellers and in 2017 Alex won the prestigious Rome Prize for Isle of the Dead. As a journalist she has written for UK press and magazines, together with many articles and short stories for the Italian press.
In her career as an artist. Alexandra has had a one woman exhibition in Cork Street, London, painted the actors for a season at the RSC and has exhibited in many galleries. Her works are sold worldwide – from Japan to Australia, to New York. Last year she was invited to Russia and three of her portraits are now hanging in the national museum of Kazakhstan. She has also added illustrations to some of her books and created the covers. Before she begins a novel about a painter Alex always reproduces one of their works to ‘give her a feel of the character.’
As a presenter Alexandra fronted ‘Past Masters’ for THIS MORNING, appeared as their art expert, and presented pieces for Sky, ITV and BBC. Her life story was covered in BBC’s ‘FORTY MINUTES’. As a guest, she has appeared on many UK television shows and on Russian and Italian TV. Working as a voice artist, Alexandra has read seventeen of her own books onto CD.
Alexandra is listed in Debrett’s Prominent People of Today and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
The Daily Telegraph said of her: ‘Everyone should be forced to have a teaspoon of Alexandra Connor every day.’
And the Press Association commented: ‘Likely to do for art what David Attenborough did for animals.’