Il sentiero di Giuditta

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Giuditta's path

Giovanni Ferrario

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[Autom. eng. transl.] A brief monograph, dedicated to Botticelli's Giuditta, accompanies the 2008 edition of "A Masterpiece for Milan", an initiative promoted every year by the Diocesan Museum of the city, which sees the arrival of this famous Renaissance work in 2008. The Judith (the complete title is the Return of Judith to Betulia) dates back to around 1470, a period in which Botticelli progressively eliminated the chiaroscuro, seeking the definition of the figures through a refined line of draperies: the figures appear as elegant silhouettes rather than bodies three-dimensional, opening up to that stylistic turn that will characterize the art of the Florentine master in his mature years. Botticelli proposes a faithful reading of the biblical text, choosing however a completely new compositional scheme and articulating the narration into two distinct scenes in which it changes tone and linguistic register: the Return of Judith to Bethulia shows light colors and luminous tones and is crossed by a light and almost coy air unlike the dark and dramatic tones of the Discovery of the corpse of Holofernes, also exhibited for the occasion. The volume contains texts by Giovanni Ferrario, Ernesto Borghi and Nadia Righi dedicated to the Botticelli masterpiece, and biobibliographic apparatuses.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Giuditta's path
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationSandro Botticelli
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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