Caravaggista traces the early life of the baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi, focusing on the events surrounding the scandalous rape trial brought by her father, Orazio Gentileschi, against Agostino Tassi, another artist he had hired to teach his daughter Perspective. Caravaggio, Artemisia’s spiritual mentor, spars with her in her studio, toughening up his young charge, watching with pride the creation of her wonderfully bloody Judith Slaying Holofernes, a work that still shocks today with its violence and anger.

Cast Requirements

6 men
3 women


Semi-finalist for the Julie Harris Playwright Award.

Production and Development History

Caravaggista is available for World Premiere.

Workshop: Public Theater.