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Judith and the Other Big One – exhibit B

01 Aug

And here is another one.   Another kick-ass Judith by Artemesia Gentileschi.

For some reason, this one makes the top three list (with Caravaggio and Cranach).   Gentileschi obviously belongs in the top 3 — although I’m not sure why this version is better than the last.   Except it is bigger and ended up in the Uffizi.

Artemesia Gentileshi, “Judith Slaying Holofernes,” 1620, Oil on canvas, 199 x 162 cm, Uffizi, Florence, Italy

The second Judith scenario is almost identical to the earlier version, other than Gentileschi’s skill and maturity –

  • The blood is spurting from Holofernes’s neck
  • His legs are visible in this rendition from under disheveled sheets
  • Judith is wearing a gown of “Artemisia Gold” with more jewelry
  • The sword is larger
  • The characters seem to evidence greater effort and tension

It was said that Grand Duchess Maria Luisa de’ Medici, who owned the painting, hid it from view as she considered the scene too horrifying to behold.    Probably not what you would want to display in the dining room.

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Posted by on August 1, 2011 in Gory

 

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