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Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Workshop of Giovanni della Robbia

European Art

MEDIUM Glazed terracotta
  • Place Made: Italy
  • DATES late 15th or early 16th century
    DIMENSIONS 23 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (59.7 x 31.8 x 16.5 cm) pedestal (b): 5 1/4 × 14 × 14 in. (13.3 × 35.6 × 35.6 cm) top of pedestal (b): 11 1/4 × 11 1/4 in. (28.6 × 28.6 cm)
    INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed across base: "IVDIT"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 19.114a-b
    CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by A. Augustus Healy and Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The following description is from the April 23-27, 1918 American Art Galleries auction catalogue, catalogue #371: Standing figure of Judith (a), with long curling hair falling over her shoulders and dressed in a loose robe gathered over the hips and with the sleeves rolled up. In the left hand she holds by the hair the decapitated head of Holofernes. Her right arm is uplifted. On circular base, lettered "Judit." and square molded pedestal (b), the sides enriched with festoons of flowers and fruits and with cherubim. The figure glazed in white, the pedestal in white and colors. Right arm missing. The following description of the pedestal description provided by Conservation on March 9, 2018: The glazed ceramic pedestal is hollow with four sides of equal length and a top platform. Although not identical, each of the four sides is decorated with deep reliefs of a central winged putto over a fruit and pinecone filled garland. While the pedestal and putti are glazed white like Judith, the garland, fruit, putti’s halos, and corner ribbon embellishments are glazed in yellows, greens, and browns. The top of the pedestal measures 11 ¼” L x 11 ¼” W which would accommodate the sculpture’s 9” L x 7 ¼” W base. At its widest points, the overall dimensions are 14” L x 14” W 9” x 5 ¼” H.
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