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Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith beheading Holofernes. Gentileshi used heavy contrasting light and dark, as well as extreme angles and positioning of the subjects to convey action and power. Gentileschi takes advantage of the use of light and dark, and merges angles to create a painting that keeps your eye moving in and out of the action. The light coming from above-left illuminates the figures, who are placed in the right half of the asymmetrical painting. The left upper third of the painting is dark, forcing the eye to the middle of the piece. Judith's murderous hand is the center of the piece, and is positioned vertically, between the maid and Holofernes' head. The weight and pressure against the right breast are defined with the heavy shadow that moves across Judith's chest. Judith's right shoulder exposed in the light, hinting to the seduction of Holofernes. Judith's lower body disappears in the dark background. The maid is directly above Holofernes' head. Holofernes is lower in the picture than Judith.
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  • Spring '18
  • BrianSeymour

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