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Judith chooses her weapon

13 Jul

Here is a unique moment: when Judith takes down Holofernes’ sword from over his bed.

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta,”Judith and Holofernes,” c.1700-1750, oil on canvas, 146 x 118.5 cm, National Gallery of Lower Saxony, Hanover, Germany

Resourceful girl:  instead of dragging a weapon around with her, she surmises that the General will have an instrument of death in his tent – so she borrows his own fauchion to behead him.

I really like this painting.  The tone is soft, the light falls gracefully and Judith looks so elegant as she reaches for the sword.   Almost like a dancer as she wraps her arm around the blade and opens her hand as if to caress.  Against her flawless skin, her rosy cheek and her frivolous feather headpiece, the dull gray of the sword is so harsh.  And in the right shadow of the drapery, the maid is peaking.   I can feel the frozen moment, the slow motion – how everything that happens next will be different.

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i found the details on Zeno.org – but you are on your own for the translation.

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