Judith in the garden

16 Apr

Arturo Martini, “Judith and Holofernes,” 1932-33, limestone sculpture, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Nederlands

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.


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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in Story


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