Judith in set in stone

17 Oct

Actually, set in terra-cotta and then stone.

Francesco Ladatte was an Italian who traveled to Paris with Prince Carignan at the age of 12.    After a return trip to Rome, Ladatte created this model in terra-cotta when he was back to Paris in 1738.

Francesco Ladatte, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” 1738, Terracotta, 69.85 cm, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Obviously not satisfied, Ladatte then exhibited a different terra-cotta model for “Judith resting on the head of Holofernes” at the Paris Salon in 1939 (now in the Musée de Chambéry).

Francesco Ladatte, “Judith resting on the head of Holofernes,” 1739, terracotta, 83 cm, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Chambery, France

Based on the submission of a small marble sculpture of “Judith resting on the head of Holofernes” (the statue in the Louvre), he was accepted at the Académie Royale in 1741.

Francesco Ladatte, “Judith resting on the head of Holofernes,” 1741, Marble, 90.5 cm, Louvre , Paris, France

Wonder what he didn’t like about the first one.

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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Distracted


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One response to “Judith in set in stone

  1. martin

    January 25, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Hi Judith,

    I stumbled upon your blog while searching for an artwork for a tattoo I am planing.
    What you are doing here is a great source of inspiration for me, thanks!

    For what I want I need high res pictures (and other perspectives) of Francesco Ladatte’s marble sculptures (1739 or 1741).

    Do you have any or an idea where I can find those?
    I really don’t want to travel there to take pictures, just to find out I screwed it up, as I am not a talented photographer 😉

    Do you know any similar sculptures? Ladette’s are the ones I like most, as they are more calm and less bloody.


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