Judith does more with less

05 Nov

We are making some progress.  Judith is wearing half of a flimsy dress rather than no dress at all.

Domenico di Pace Beccafumi, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” c.1510, Oil on poplar panel, 86.2 x 47.5 cm, Wallace Collection, London, England, UK

This is the product of Domenico di Pace, adopted son of Lorenzo Beccafumi who lived in Siena.  While Florence thrived as the center of the Renaissance, Siena had been the source of artistic genius until the great plague in 1348.   Beccafumi was among the most accomplished in the school of Siena and his reputation was second only to il Sodoma.   The pavement of the cathedral of Siena is his most celebrated work:  white marble engraved with the outlines of the subject in black, and borders inlaid with richly colored patterns.   Yes, you have to see it to get the picture.

But somewhere he found time to portray Judith.  And similar to the unusual proportions of Botticelli (Judith makes an exit), Beccafumi portrays her with the little head of Holofernes. Is there some special meaning that I missed?

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