First a HUGE “Thank You” to the city of St. Louis for giving FREE admission to their glorious Art Museum and Zoo in Forest Park.
Because it gave me the perfect opportunity to play hooky and be a tourist. And I happened to review the original post on Vasari just yesterday and realized “Wow, I really LIKE this painting!” So how could I pass up the opportunity to see it up-close-and-personal?
In which case, it is even more inspiring.
In “Judith works out”, I talked about this artwork before seeing it in person. The simple image on the internet hinted at the strength of this Judith. In a room full of other early Renaissance paintings, this is still a stand-out. The crispness of the profiles and the uniqueness of the colors sets it apart from contemporaries — even if it wasn’t about Judith.
Two works by another artist of the late Renaissance are also part of the St. Louis Art Museum’s collection: “The Discovery of the Body of Holofernes” and “Judith Displaying the Head of Holofernes” by Luca Giordano. These two are part of a practice series for the ceiling of the chapel of Certosa di San Martino in Naples entitled “The Triumph of Judith.” — discussed in Judith on top. The amount of activity in these paintings is overwhelming with churning horses, panicking soldiers and soaring angels — culminating in God appearing on a cloud above the scene.
Yes, it’s always gratifying to find an artist who puts Judith in her well-deserved vaunted position in the world. Pretty much how I envision myself every day.