Judith has a twofer

13 Aug

Two Procaccini’s fer the price of one. (Like they cost anything anyway.)

Giulio Cesare Procaccini, “Judith and Holofernes,” Oil on canvas,    143×109 cm, auctioned by Sotheby’s 7/8/92 (Lot 89)

Technically Procaccini is considered to be an early Baroque artist;  In truth, his figures still retain the contortions of a Mannerist.   In this first Judith, it is the maid’s face that is contorted as her mistress gives directions.   In fact, she looks a bit like Ed O’Neil.

Then there is this duo, who appear to enjoy this beheading waaayyy too much.

Giulio Cesare Procaccini, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” Oil on canvas,          104.1 x 98.5cm, auctioned by Christie’s 11/13/97 (Lot 217/Sale 8021)

Judith gives the impression she is thoroughly pleased with herself, ready to give the viewer a wink.   And the maid looks … possessed.  Grabbing that head by the beard or the cheek and stuffing it into the bag.  And what is she wearing?!  Resembles a handkerchief hat, aka a Sidcup (n.)  One of those hats made from tying knots in the corners of a handkerchief.  

Like the Gumby’s wear on Monty Python –

What channel was Procaccini watching?

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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Cacciatore


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