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Description of the painting Giorgione "Judith"

Description of the painting Giorgione



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The canvas "Judith" is one of the most famous works of the artist. The picture was painted in oil on canvas. The canvas has dimensions 144 x 67 cm.

Due to the fact that Giorgione did not sign his works, the picture is attributed to him in accordance with the stylistic features of the author's work.

During the Renaissance, most artists willingly took up work on biblical subjects. The author decided to depict the story of Judith and Holofernes in 1504. The woman is depicted against the backdrop of the city she saved.

In the picture, the defender of the motherland, the young widow Judith, is painted with the sword and the defeated head of the cruel Holofernes. The author has well drawn the figure of Judith. He portrays her in clothes made of loose and light pink fabric, thereby emphasizing the character's tenderness and fragility. The sword of the warrior and the head of the defeated enemy come in contrast with the gentle and calm image of Judith. The sword in her hands and the severed head of the commander cannot harden the image of Judith created by the author. Even pacified nature itself emphasizes the charm of a young widow who has fulfilled her duty to her people.

Without a doubt, Giorgione is not the only Renaissance artist who depicted this story on canvas, before him Judith painted Caravaggio, Botticelli, Mantegna.

However, only among Giorgione Judith is represented not simply as a killer of Holofernes, but as a gentle pacified creature endowed with incredible modesty. Judith plays a half-smile on her face and even the severed head does not look ugly, which is not typical for the image of the negative heroes of that time.

Until 1772, the painting "Judith" was kept in the private collection of the French banker Pierre Crozet. Today, Giorgoni’s painting is presented for general visit at the State Hermitage Museum.





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