Judith glazes over

19 Jan

I was initially disappointed to only find this image in black-and-white.    

Then I discovered: this faience is painted in “grisaille” – executed entirely in monochrome or near-monochrome, usually in shades of gray.   This use (or non-use) of color was meant to mimic sculptural relief.   So it is supposed to look like this.

Pierre Reymond, “Judith and Holofernes,” 16th century, Painted enamel on copper, Diam. 20.50 cm, Louvre, Paris, France

From the French city of Limoges, Reymond was active as an enamelist from 1537-78.    His mastery of the grisaille faience is evident in the rich range of tones, the accuracy of his figures, and the sense of life and action.

However, I would still not select it as my wedding china.   A little too colorless for my taste.

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Posted by on January 19, 2013 in Cacciatore


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