Session 1 – Art, Art History, and History

Title

The Emergence of Judith as a Subject in Renaissance Art

Major

Studio Art

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Dr. Zbynek Smetana

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Event

Abstract/Description

The Apocryphal heroine Judith emerged into a full-fledged subject in Renaissance art. My presentation will trace her journey from a symbol of virtue in medieval art to an ambiguous figure of female power in the late Renaissance. Focusing on Donatello's sculpture Judith and Holofernes, a piece that straddles these times and manners of expression, will allow me to discuss the how and why of the symbols traditionally used to express this story and the ones that would come into use by analyzing their presence and meaning in Donatello's work.

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Art, Art History, and History

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The Emergence of Judith as a Subject in Renaissance Art

The Apocryphal heroine Judith emerged into a full-fledged subject in Renaissance art. My presentation will trace her journey from a symbol of virtue in medieval art to an ambiguous figure of female power in the late Renaissance. Focusing on Donatello's sculpture Judith and Holofernes, a piece that straddles these times and manners of expression, will allow me to discuss the how and why of the symbols traditionally used to express this story and the ones that would come into use by analyzing their presence and meaning in Donatello's work.