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Judith brightens up

23 Oct

Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini, “Judith and her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes,” c.1710, oil on canvas, 124.7 x 102 cm, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, U of Birmingham, Birmingham, England, UK

This is a Ray of Sunshine.  After dark and dreary days, Pellegrini gives up something bright – almost cheery.

 In contrast to the horrors depicted by 17th-century artists, Pellegrini hides the body in the shadows, and, instead, he concentrates on Judith who looks directly at us, courting our acclaim. The lively brushwork and vibrant colour combinations also create a very different mood from earlier representations. (1)

Why shouldn’t she be happy?  She accomplished her goal, she has a Maid to clean up after her and carry her bag of meat.   And she has jaunty feathers in her in hat.   Coo-coo-kachoo.

(1) The Barber Institute of Fine Art

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www.bridgemanart.com gets a nod of thanks for providing the details that the museum website did not.

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Posted by on October 23, 2011 in Glory

 

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