The magnitude of her artistic achievement has sometimes been obscured by historical preoccupations with lurid and sensational aspects of her early life history. These include posing for her father as a nude life model; her rape by one of his studio assistants, Agostino Tassi, when she was 17; and the subsequent trial of Tassi, during which her testimony was given while strings were tightened around her fingers. This torture was considered comparatively mild and ostensibly was administered to ensure the veracity of her deposition. Shortly after the trial (the rapist was convicted), Artemisia married and decamped from Rome to Florence. There she gave birth to four children, and her career, freed from the shadow of her father and his atelier, flourished under the patronage of the Medici court.