RIEDEL, August
(b. 1799, Bayreuth, d. 1883, Roma)

Judith

1840
Oil on canvas, 131 x 96 cm
Neue Pinakothek, Munich

The Judith of this painting is powerful and strong, but even after her murderous deed a touch of gentleness remains in her eyes. In the painting we see the tendency to psychological interpretation that was to become a feature of 19th-century art. The artist seeks to convey the message of the Biblical story in Judith's facial expression, making this the overall statement.




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