Life Without Instruction

Life Without Instruction $19.99

Sally Clark

Published by Talon Books

5 Male 3 Female

Based on a true story and a real trial, this presents a woman's struggle for freedom, identity and dignity

Artemisia Fentileshi's father, the late-Renaissance painter Orazio Gentileschi, takes the unusual step of having his daughter trained in the art of painting under the instruction of his friend Agostino Tassi

Tassi rapes Artemisia, and is taken to trial by both Artemisia and Orazio, but - as usual - the person really on trial in this rape case is the women, who is politically humiliated and tortured

But this only strengths Artemisia's determination to become an independent woman, artist and painter

"Sally Clark's great talents as a playwright are her seemingly effortless ability to shift from light to dark and her finely tuned understanding of life's rich ambiguities" ~ Toronto Star

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