Two Treatments of Judith and Holofernes Comparison Essay by Nicky

Two Treatments of Judith and Holofernes
A comparison of Matteo di Giovanni's and Antiveduto Grammatica's paintings of Judith and Holofernes.
# 148137 | 1,615 words | 0 sources | 2011 | US
Published on Sep 07, 2011 in Art (Painting)

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The paper describes how Matteo di Giovanni and Antiveduto Grammatica approach the subjects in ways that reflect the variant artistic and socio-political preoccupations of their respective eras. The paper clearly illustrates how these periods of time possessed very different ideas about art and its role in society. The paper details both paintings and concludes that the Judith and Holofernes of Matteo di Giovanni and Antiveduto Grammatica are as different as the two worlds in which they painted - confident and rational versus passionate and defensive.

From the Paper:

"Judith with the Head of Holofernes was painted by the Italian artist, Matteo di Giovanni c. 1490-95. The painting is small, measuring only 22 inches by 18 1/8 inches, a features the figure of Judith with the head of Holofernes within a window-like setting that merges with the actual frame of the picture. The window is in the form of an arch - a classicizing feature such as was popular during the Renaissance. The base of the arch even forms a kind of sill that increases the viewer's sense of watching the action from close by through an open window. It is as if we can rest our arms on the sill and look directly at Judith framed by the blue sky. The figure of Judith is central to the picture. She occupies the larger part of its space, the sweep of the curved sword held above her head accentuating the curve of the arch."

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