Giuditta e Oloferne

Judith and Holofernes

GIULIA LAMA

Author
GIULIA LAMA
(Venezia 1681-1747)
Title
Judith and Holofernes
Catalogue
1345
Date
ca. 1725-1730
Support
Canvas, cm 131,5 x 178,6
Provenance
Purchased, 1984
Hall
Sala 6

This painting shows an original interpretation of a Biblical subject: Judith seeking divine help before beheading Holofernes and freeing her people. The scene is highly theatrical: the nude body of the tyrant, here represented as a handsome beardless young man, is placed diagonally and illuminated by an intense artificial light. This effect deprives the pictorial description of the nude of any naturalism, emphasizing the expressionistic component of Lama’s pictorial style.