The National Gallery Company, in collaboration with PureJewels, has launched its first jewellery collection inspired by the new Artemisia exhibition on show at the National Gallery in London.
In 17th-century Europe, at a time when women artists were not easily accepted, Artemisia Gentileschi was exceptional. She challenged conventions and defied expectations to become a successful Italian Baroque artist and one of the greatest storytellers of her time.
Artemisia painted subjects that were traditionally the preserve of male artists and for the male gaze; transforming meek maidservants into courageous conspirators and victims into survivors. Artemisia’s personal struggles defined her art as she tackled historical and biblical subjects with a distinct style.
The Artemisia collection, designed, manufactured, and distributed by London jeweller PureJewels, features a wide assortment of precious pieces designed to be antiques of the future.
“We are delighted to be working with PureJewels, our first fine jewellery licensee, the craftsmanship and attention to detail are second to none and we are very excited about this collaboration,” said the Buying and Brand Licencing Director at the National Gallery Company, Judith Mather.
The range includes intricately worked dark rhodium plated silver contrasted with fiery 22-ct yellow gold vermeil, elegant pearls and richly hued garnets, artistically crafted into a bracelet, lariat, ring, T-bar necklace, pendant, hoop earrings and drop earrings.
“A lot of research went into the collection to ensure that every element of the detailed pieces embodies the boundless energy depicted in the art of Artemisia,” said PureJewels CEO Jayant Raniga.
The jewellery collection has combined design elements inspired by the painting Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria in the exhibition. Each piece depicts intertwining leaves reflecting the drama, energy and realism of Baroque art.
The Artemisia exhibition at the National Gallery in London runs until 24 January 2021. The jewellery collection is also available in the Gallery shops.