Judith makes a mess

06 Jul
Vincenzo Damini (1600s – 1749), “Judith,” 1720s, oil on canvas, 149.9 x 111.1 cm, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

Compared to other paintings of this period, Damini’s style is a little … chaotic. A lot of fabric swaths, a hand here, an arm there. It took me a minute to figure out which limbs belong to who.

But I do admire the lovely contrast of the teal blue with the crimson red – triangulated on the maid’s shawl, the delicate rose on Judith’s bosom, and the gushing wound on stump of Holofernes’ neck.

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