Image of the Week #55, August 14th, 2012:

From: Humanities aren t a science. Stop treating them like one. by Maria Konnikova at Literally Psyched.

Source: Artemisia Gentileschi, 1632, public domain, Wikimedia Commons.

One of the greatest painters of the Baroque in Rome, Artemisia Gentileschi’s artwork stands out for its portrayal of strong women in a male-dominated world. In Maria Konnikova’s post on Literally Psyched, Humanities aren t a science. Stop treating them like one.. Konnikova illustrates the concept of Cliodynamics – the use of scientific methodology to illuminate historical events – with Gentileschi’s portrait of mythical Clio, muse of history (1632).

Unlike most depictions of the mythical muses, Gentileschi, herself a rare woman-artist accepted into the 17th century Florentine Academy of the Arts of Drawing, Clio painted here is scholarly, commanding, and has her hand on a text (containing the artist’s name) while gazing upward into the sky at the future.