Well … now we have some light on the subject. assuming you still want this scene in full lighting.
Alberto Zivero is a modern Italian artist, known for realistic narrative – depiction of subjects as they appear in everyday life rather than idealized for the sake of art. This style debuted in 1938 at the Biennale di Venezia XXI, and Zivero declared realism was “moral” because it reflects the suffering, violence and loneliness that are part of everyday images. At this time, he embarked on depictions of intense self-portraits, portraits of soldiers, meat markets, religious processions, and brothels,
“The newly acquired freedom leads him to experience more lightness and richness in the palette, with shades of green or black, in the manner of Rembrandt or Goya, to discover how to deal with psychology, nudity, sensual light of the skin.” (1)
He won third prize in the Fourth Quadriennale (1943) in Rome with this painting, before being drafted for the military.
We can be fairly certain this is not a religious procession, so I am definitely going with the brothel-vibe. Partly the nudity, partly the number of women in the background (that’s a new twist). Plus Judith is giving the insolent look that says “whaddaya want?” like any professional sex-worker who has been interrupted on the job.
Does it add to the understanding of Judith? Not for me. Does it demonstrate his discovery of sensual light on the skin? Definitely. Is it an example of realism? Probably more realism than I needed to know.
Especially when I can look at my own flabby ass in the mirror if that’s what I really needed to see.
(1) translated from the blog Ines, Alberto Zivero (September 9, 2009)