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Blood Water Paint

Blood Water Paint

Artemisia Gentileschi paints. But in 17th century Rome, women are not painters–they aren’t even people. They are property.

Through the stories her mother told her of the Biblical women Susanna and Judith, Artemisia finds her inner strength to fight against the odds. Instead of obeying her father, she paints things the way she sees them: Susanna is not a vixen–she is a victim; Judith is not a fragile widow–she is a warrior. And when the worst happens to Artemisia, it is through these women that she learns to stand up for herself and use her voice to accuse the man who rapes her. The horrors of her experience–especially of what she goes through at the trial in order to prove her own innocence–will force her to choose between her conscience and her art.

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough is told in verse, and is a powerful story of feminism in a time of misogyny. Through one extremely courageous woman’s eyes, you will see the horrors women faced throughout history–and wonder at the similarities to today.