Judith meets Botero

03 Oct

This portrayal of Judith reminds me of Botero.

Fernando Botera, “Colombiana,” 1986, oil on canvas, Botero Museum, Bogota, Columbia

Must be the landscape in the background.

Marco Palmezzano, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” 1525, 54 x 88 cm, auctioned by Christies 7/9/1999 (Lot 218)

In fact, one of the most attractive elements of Palmezzano’s art is the distinctive and suggestive landscape in the background of his works – blending the ideal with the reality of the Apennine foothills and mountains near his home – much like Botero used the landscape of Colombia.

But I cannot help but think poor little maid.”    She put herself in danger in the midst of the Assyrian Army, she had to carry the bucket with a lifeless head stuffed in rotting meat – and who gets all the glory?   Not the maid.  No wonder she is looking out at the viewer, imploring:  “See the kind of stuff I have to put up with?”

I suspect if you gave her a ticket to Colombia, she would be on the next flight to model for Botero.

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