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Judith out and about: Verona

05 May

Many lovers flock to Verona to celebrate Shakespeare’s romantic tale of Romeo and Juliette. Little do they know that the Castelvecchio Museum of Verona also houses paintings of Judith – a lover of another sort.

Actually, Verona is home to many interesting historic points of interest as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Castelvecchio is not even the most significant (that honor goes to the Roman amphitheatre, Piazza Bra, Ponte di Pietra, Arco dei Gavi, Porta Borsari and numerous Medieval structures).  But on the trail of Judith, the museum provides two fine examples of the story of Holofernes fate.

First from Judith gets a giggle, Pietro Ricchi’s tenebrism on display as Judith prepares for a delighted exit from the tent with the Head of Holofernes.  In detail, she really looks quite pleased with herself and a little … provocative.

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Pietro Ricchi (Lucchese) (1606 c.-1675), “Judith with the head of Holofernes,” Oil on canvas, 83 x 99 cm, Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona, Italy

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Pietro Ricchi (Lucchese) (1606 c.-1675), detail “Judith with the head of Holofernes,” Oil on canvas, 83 x 99 cm, Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona, Italy

The second telling of the tale is by Giovanni Giuseppe dal Sole.  Or maybe Gian Gioseffo dal Sole, depending on how his name is spelled that day. When I wrote Judith touched by an angel, I had only a small image of the painting to view.  As you can see, it is actually life-sized!  So I could not help but try to insert myself into this moment in art history.  At least I did not try the protagonist’s role.

dal SoleGiovanni Giuseppe/Gioseffo (1654-1719) Judith inspired by the angel 1697 Oil on canvas 210 x 290 cm Museo di Castelvecchio Verona IT

Giovanni Giuseppe dal Sole (1654-1719), “Judith inspired by the angel,” 1697, Oil on canvas, 210 x 290 cm, Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona, Italy

Giovanni Giuseppe dal Sole (1654-1719), "Judith inspired by the angel," 1697, Oil on canvas, 210 x 290 cm, Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona, Italy

Giovanni Giuseppe dal Sole (1654-1719), “Judith inspired by the angel,” 1697, Oil on canvas, 210 x 290 cm, Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona, Italy

 
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