Cloth “Judith” is one of the most famous works of the artist. The picture was painted in oil on canvas. The canvas has dimensions of 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 portray the story of Judith and Holofernes in 1504. The woman is depicted against the background of the city she saved.
In the picture, the defender of the motherland, the young widow Judith, is drawn with the sword and fallen head of the cruel Holofernes. The author of the well-drawn figure of Judith. He portrays her in robes of loose and light pink fabric, thus emphasizing the tenderness and fragility of the character. The sword of the warrior and the head of the defeated enemy come into contrast with the gentle and calm image of Judith. The sword in her hands and the commander’s severed head cannot harden the image of Judith, created by the author. Even the very peaceful nature emphasizes the charm of a young widow who fulfilled her duty to her people.
Without a doubt, Giorgione is not the only artist of the Renaissance who depicted this story on canvas, before him Judith wrote Caravaggio, Botticelli, Mantegna.
However, only Giorgione Judith is represented not simply by the murderer of Holofernes, but as a gentle, peaceful creation, endowed with incredible modesty. Judith plays a half-smile on his face, and even a severed head does not look ugly, which is not typical of the depiction of the negative heroes of the time.
Until 1772 The painting “Judith” was kept in the private collection of the French banker Pierre Crozat. Today, the painting by Giorgioni is presented for a general visit to the Hermitage State Museum.