Judith is teaches a lesson

03 Dec

Oh look.  Look Jane look.  Look and see.  See Spot.   See Judith,  See the head.   Funny funny head.  Funny funny Judith.  Funny funny Spot.

Gaspare Traversi , “Judith.” 18th century, Oil on canvas, 135 x 100 cm, Private collection, Milan, Italy

Yes, the children are back. And this time they brought a dog.

Traversi has created Judith as we have seen her before: standing face-foward, holding the head aloft by the hair in one hand,  dressed elegantly but not hoochie, with her gazed lifted heavenward.   I assume she is looking to God and not just showing how bored she is.  It should be no surprise that we have seen this before:  all these Italian artists are related.   Not related by family ties but related as students, teachers and co-workers.

Just with Traversi alone:

  • he copied two pictures by Maratta (who copied Reni) –
  • under instruction from Solimena –
  • who copied Preti and Giordano –
  • who were influenced by Veronese
Yes, it is easy to see how this Judith is related to these two:
Oh look.   Look look Dick.  Look and see.  See the twins.  Silly silly twins.  They look bored.

Carlo Maratta, “Judith,” c. 1636-1680, Museo del Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome, Italy

Guido Reni, “Judith with the head of Holofernes,” 1625 , oil on canvas, 159 x 106 cm, Sedlmayer Collection, Geneva, Switzerland

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