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Donatello created an excellent work called Judith and Holofernes. At first, this sculpture was implied for the Medici Palace, but after the republic was declared, the palace was looted, the work was transferred to Signoria Square.
If you look at this sculpture in terms of composition, it is incredibly complex. Moreover, her expressiveness was much higher than other works of the master. By the way, there is a personal signature of the master on it. Donatello had never done this before, but most likely he was so satisfied with his work that this time he simply decided to sign it.
Judith has rather small proportions, a modest figure, she looks very fragile. Judith lifted a sword above her head and froze, looking into Holofernes's eyes. In turn, Holofernes, completely defeated not only by Judith, but also by the wine, from which he became completely relaxed.
Judith’s detached and stern look is actually capable of instilling fear in any viewer. And this is considering the fact that, in general, the whole composition lacks sufficient convincingness, but be that as it may, it is worth noting that this plan is really amazing.
Separately, it is worth noting how exactly the head of Judifa is executed with high quality. She is a unique creation of the Early Renaissance. This face is as expressive as possible. At the same time, it is majestic and not devoid of beauty and beautiful lines. It is noteworthy that this female figure just embodies the courage and courage that God presents to everyone who really needs his help.
As for the intoxicated Oloferon, his image produces just the opposite feelings, which, out of hopelessness, substitutes his head under the deadly sword. A unique composition that shows two such opposing worlds.
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