In the middle of the forest in the middle of the Nederlands stands this statue of Judith by Arturo Martini. Martini was an Italian sculptor between World War I and II who exhibited a mixture of Classicism and Modernism in his art. As fate would have it, he became the semi-official sculptor of the fascist regime of Mussolini, working on commissions for civic sculptures. After the fall of Mussolini – feeling that sculpture had been corrupted by politics – in 1944 he announced the “death of sculpture” in the book La scultura lingua morta (Sculpture a dead language).
Thankfully before sculpture died, Martini used the technique as a means to depict the death of Holofernes – with a Giant Maid holding his severed head atop her own.