Blood Water Paint

McCullough, J.
At age seventeen, young painter Artemisia Gentileschi, of 17th century Rome, is raped by her art tutor and, remembering the biblical stories of strong women that her mother told her, she decides to fight back and seek justice. Her father takes her case to court, as a woman did not have that right during that time period, and Artemisia wins! This powerful and emotional novel, told primarily in verse, is based on the true story of Artemisia and focuses on the inequality and violence that women faced in the past, yet its message is still relevant today, in light of the #metoo movement. Suitable as an independent, literature circle, or class novel for grades 9-12. Social considerations noted.
English Language Arts
  • 9-12