Judith gets misty … and murky

01 Jul

Yesterday was exhausting. Lots of contributors over numerous types of art over numerous years. I need something easy today.

So today I choose a simple little Judith from Francesco Botti (1640-1710).

Judith () Francesco Botti

Francesco Botti, “Judith and Holofernes,” oil on canvas, 56.5 x 70.8 cm, auctioned by Christie’s, London, December 9, 2005 (Lot# 220)

Francesco Botti liked to paint women – St. Mary Magdalene, St. Cecilia, St. Dorothy, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Abigail, Sofonisba, Diana, Minerva, Venus, Justice, and Witches.  But there are few documents about Botti  – trained at the school of Simone Pignoni (1611–1698), for whom his work  is often attributed.  His work is also confused with Pignoni’s mentor Francesco Furini (1603–1646) and Cecco Bravo (1601–1661) for their “misty sfumato technique” and “murky sensuality” that was characteristic of the Florentines.

In fact, this misty murky quality gives Judith the appearance of being under water – as if she is a mermaid floating away with Holofernes’ head.  Not a bad thing since his head looks like it is heavy … and probably somewhat soiled.


Posted by on July 1, 2013 in Cacciatore


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2 responses to “Judith gets misty … and murky

  1. Julia

    June 30, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Hi, Yudith, I Addimoma, and I authorize to use my collage “Judith and Holofernes,” published in my album on the site “Fotobuket.” I do not need payment.
    Phew, it seems all well executed?
    And yes – thanks for squeamishness. Sorry that I did not Botti…
    Sincerely, JJ.

    • judith2you

      January 2, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks for your permission. Your excellent work deserves to be shared and you deserve the credit!


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