April202011
Judith and Holofernes by Caravaggio is another example of the trend for artists to translate scenes from the holy scriptures into everyday scenes. This particular story is not included in the King James Version of the bible, which is unfortunate, as it is another tale of a strong woman fighting for her people. What is not typical about this painting is the amount of contrast between the figures and the shadows. This usage of stark lighting and darkness is called chiaroscuro, and though it was utilized now and again, it was Caravaggio who took it to the extremes. 

Judith and Holofernes by Caravaggio is another example of the trend for artists to translate scenes from the holy scriptures into everyday scenes. This particular story is not included in the King James Version of the bible, which is unfortunate, as it is another tale of a strong woman fighting for her people. What is not typical about this painting is the amount of contrast between the figures and the shadows. This usage of stark lighting and darkness is called chiaroscuro, and though it was utilized now and again, it was Caravaggio who took it to the extremes. 

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