The company Lomi Boteler Limited or “Lomi” was named after the 17th century Italian female painter Artemesia Lomi or Artemisia Gentileschi.
Born in 1593 in Rome, Papal States, in a non-aristocratic family, Artemisia became the greatest female painter of the baroque age, and one of the most brilliant followers of the incendiary artist Caravaggio.
Traveling between the wealthy, cosmopolitan elites of Rome, Florence and the court of Charles I in England, Artemisia was as self-made and independent as feasible in her time. She wrote of herself to one of her patrons “you will find the spirit of Ceasar in this soul of a woman”.
Driven by unparalleled talent and the recipient of lucrative commissions, Artemisia worked for influential patrons such as Cosimo II de Medici, and became lauded by her contemporaries, having built a reputation as one of Europe’s most sought-after artists.
Omitted from art history throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Artemisia’s life and work were rediscovered in the 20th century.