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Judith gets a big head

01 Oct

What a coincidence.   Turns out that the next artist, Correggio, was a student of Mantegna.   And once I looked at this painting, there is no surprise.

Correggio (Antonio Allegri), “Judith with the Servant,” 1510-1512, Wood, 30 x 22 cm, Musée des Beaux-arts, Strasbourg, France

The resemblance to sculpture is less evident, but the maid looks familiar.   In fact, the maid looks kind of funky.  Her head is large in comparison to Judith’s, her expression looks eager, almost … hungry.   In fact the more I look at this, the maid is giving me a skeevy feeling.   Like she is thinking “Boy-o-boy-o-boy!  Another grisly body part!!  This is almost as fun as picking up dismembered limbs from the battle field!!!  I can’t wait to show the other maids!!!!”

But this is a very early work by Correggio – who became a dynamic and sensual painter – so it looks very crude in comparison to his later work.   like these, for instance.

Correggio, “Abduction of Ganymede,” 1531, 163.5×70.5 cm, oil on canvas, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

Correggio, “Jupiter and Io,” 1531, 163.5×70.5 cm, oil on canvas, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

Not at all skeevy – unless the idea of abduction by a Diety disguised as a giant eagle or black cloud is disturbing to you.

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