Judith + Mater

10 Nov

Gerino da Pistoia, “Judith and Holofernes.” c.1500-49, oil on panel,104 x 86 cm, Manola Bernini Painting Restoration for private collection

Mater+Patrie.    Mother+Country.

Gerino da Pistoia lived and worked during the Italian wars – a series of conflicts from 1494 to 1559 that involved at various times most of the city-states of Italy, Papal States, and major states of Western Europe.  The whole conflict is too detailed to describe or even understand, but it appears one could assume that Gerino was making some statement about his fidelity for the Republic of Florence and perhaps the Medici’s.

Unless this is about his mother, in which case one could assume he rarely misbehaved.

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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in Distracted


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