DONATELLO
(b. ca. 1386, Firenze, d. 1466, Firenze)

Judith and Holofernes

1455-60
Bronze, height 236 cm (without base)
Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Cast in bronze, Judith's figure looming majestic above the defeated, slumped figure of Holofernes. Judith is a composite work made up of pieces cunningly joined, probably using techniques that Donatello had discovered when examining ancient Roman works.