Judith and a familiar face

17 Aug

You may recall that Feud we talked about – you know, the Caravaggio-Baglione plagiarism-libel take-it-to-Judge-Judy thing?

This is the Judith of the other guy, Baglione.

Giovanni Baglione, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” 1608, oil on canvas, 220 x 150 cm, Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy

And if you look closely, the head of Holofernes looks surprisingly like Caravaggio. Hmmm.

Giovanni Baglione was an Italian Late Mannerist and Early Baroque painter and art historian, with a famous book on Roman artists of his time –The Lives of Painters, Sculptors, Architects and Engravers (active from 1572–1642).

Baglione painted this work as a commission for Cardinal Scipione Borghese. It depicts the ambivalence and counter-points of Judith as being “between” both physical and emotional planes: between Holofernes and the maid, between Holofernes and his head, between Holofernes’ life and death, between light and dark, between her regret for taking a life and her accomplishment of saving Bethulia.

And between being clothed and unclothed. uh … what’s up with THAT?

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Posted by on August 17, 2011 in Whorey


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