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Judith - Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco). 144 x 68
Giorgione, a Venetian by birth, studied with the famous painter Giovanni Bellini. He not only brilliantly mastered the depth and warm color of the works of the mentor, but also surpassed him in many ways.
"Judith" - one of the most famous works of Giorgione - depicts a beautiful biblical heroine who saved her city and people, seducing, and then decapitating the sleeping Holofernes, the leader of the enemy army. Giorgione showed not the feat itself, but the moment when Judith was left alone with the head of the defeated enemy, which she tramples on with her foot. In her image one can feel both the pride of the winner and the sadness caused by a perfect act. The figure of the girl and her pose are emphasized feminine, but her right hand firmly grips the sword.
Researchers suggest that Giorgione gave Holofernes his own facial features. Perhaps this explains the fact that, contrary to tradition, the head of Holofernes does not look monstrous and vile, on the contrary, the face of the defeated warrior is beautiful.