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Judith on a slate

19 Apr

Jacopo Ligozzi, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” c.1557, oil and gold plate on slate, 26 x 15 cm, auctioned by Sotheby’s 30/1/1998; Private Collection Johnny Van Haeften Ltd.

Jacopo Ligozzi, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” c.1557, oil and gold plate on slate, 26 x 15 cm, auctioned by Sotheby’s 30/1/1998; Private Collection Johnny Van Haeften Ltd.

Jacopo Ligozzi was a prolific Italian painter, illustrator, designer, and miniaturist  –  a virtual Jack-of-all-trades.   He worked on frescos, pen and ink, watercolor, oil, embroidered textiles and pietre dure (aka mosaics);   his subject matter ranged from fauna and flora to religion and mythology.    Ligozzi signed many of his works with the title di minio (miniaturist) suggesting the importance he attached to his small-scale works  –  such as this depiction of Judith, worked on a 10 x 6 inch piece of slate.   Not much bigger than this image.

Remembering that I am (a) not an artist, (b) not an art historian, (c) viewing images on the internet,  I swear this looks like pointillism  –  even though the technique was not attributed to Georges Seurat until 1886.   Maybe it’s just bad pixels.   Or maybe Ligozzi was ahead of his time.

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