Daughter of a famed painter Artemisia lived in Rome, Florence, London and Naples. She painted many portraits, but also compositions with gruesome subjects.
Critics say her stunning painting of Judith cutting the throat of a drunken general shows her anger at being raped in her own studio.
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Her subsequent prolific output has been published in 24 volumes of verse; treating Romantic themes - nature, childhood innocence, travels abroad, the heroic - with fluency that swept the reader along.
Among her major works are,
Abess of Hohenburg near Strasbourg, and author of a 12th century illustrated encyclopaediia 'Hortus deliciarum' (Garden of Delights)
The 'Hortus' - a massive folio of 324 sheets of parchment, had 636 miniatures which were probably executed in a professional workshop in Strasbourg shortly after Herrard's death in 1195. Both an anthology and a religious encyclopedia, it includes nearly 1200 texts by various authors, as well as several poems which appear to be in Herrad's hand.
She graduated from university after a teacher spelled out every lecture on her hands.
She wrote 'The Story of My Life' describing the most extraordinary accomplishment ever made
in the education of persons so handicapped.