Judith needs some color

08 Jan

Bummer.  I wish this was in color.  And a little larger.

Massimo Stanzione, “Judith with the Head Holofernes,” c.1640, Oil on canvas, 124.5 x 103.5 cm, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The other portrayal of Judith With the Head of Holofernes by Stanzione is full of vibrant color — pure red, yellow, blue.  I would love to see how he used color in this depiction.

But even without the color, the expression on Judith’s face is luminous.   Humble, thankful, awed.   It is hard to imagine how much more emotion the viewer could perceive from the actual portrait.   Quite different from the other earlier Judith by Stanzione (1630) who seems distracted as she leaves the tent.

However, Holofernes still appears to be detached.

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Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Cacciatore


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