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).
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.