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Judith and Holofernes
Carreño de Miranda, Juan (Copy after Reni, Guido)
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Carreño de Miranda, Juan (Copy after Reni, Guido)

Judith and Holofernes

XVII century. Oil on canvas

Judith stands with a sword in her right hand. She rests her left on Holofernes´s head.

This is a faithful copy of a composition by Guido Reni, which was much appreciated in its time and often repeated. The version at the Sedlmayer Collection in Geneva is considered the original, and can be dated to around 1625-1626. The superb technique employed to depict the fabrics, the dramatic accentuation of certain effects resolved in a colder, more classical manner in the original, and the mastery with which the female figure´s power and strength are interpreted bear witness to the confidence with which Carreño approached models stylistically distant from the common practice of his time and surroundings yet undoubtedly attractive to his personal disposition. This work makes an important contribution to our knowledge of the underlying classicism that Carreño displayed on more than one occasion.

The Alcázar´s 1686 inventory includes the following entry: "Vaults leading to the Priory […] Room adjacent to the Vaults leading under the summer Office […] [759] A Painting two-and-a-half rods high and one-and-a-half rods wide of Judith beheading Holofernes by Guydo Boloñes which is badly worn from age and has been dismounted to be copied." This reference to a commission to copy that work may be related to the present version.

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Inventory number
P000226
Author
Carreño de Miranda, Juan (Copy after Reni, Guido)
Title
Judith and Holofernes
Date
XVII century
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 220 cm.; Width: 135 cm.
Provenance
Royal Collection (Palacio del Buen Retiro, Madrid, Casas arzobispales, 1747, nº 406; Buen Retiro, pieza anteoratorio, 1772, nº 406; Buen Retiro, 1794, nº 16).

Bibliography +

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Pintura italiana del S. XVII en España, Universidad Fundación Valdecilla, Madrid, 1965, pp. 184.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972, pp. 539.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Carreño, Rizi, Herrera y la pintura madrileña de su tiempo, Ministerio de Cultura. Banco Herrero, Madrid, 1986, pp. 237.

Barghahn, Barbara Von, Philip IV and the Golden House of the Buen Retiro in the Tradition of Caesar, Garland PublishingInc, Nueva York. Londres, 1986, pp. lám.664.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. nº1853.

Ayala Mallory, Nina, Del Greco a Murillo: la pintura española del Siglo de Oro, 1, Alianza, Madrid, 1991, pp. 248/ lám.226.

López Vizcaíno, Pilar, Juan Carreño de Miranda: vida y obra, Ángel Mario Carreño, Oviedo, 2007, pp. 206.

Other inventories +

Inv. Felipe V, Buen Retiro, 1747. Núm. [406].
PINTURAS ENTREGADAS / en dichas Casas Arzobispales a don / Santiago de Bonavia [...] [11336] [406] Otro [lienzo] de dos varas y media de alto y vara y tres quartas de ancho de Judic de mano de Carreño copia de Guido Reno en dos mil reales

Inv. Carlos III, Buen Retiro, 1772. Núm. 406.
Pieza Anteoratorio [...] {14437} 406 / Judic cortando la cabeza a Holofernes tres varas de alto dos de ancho copia de Guido

Inv. Testamentaría Carlos III, Buen Retiro, 1794. Núm. 16.
Otra [pintura] Copia de Guido Reni de Judit cortando la Cabeza á Holofernes de dos varas y dos tercias de alto y una y dos tercias de ancho, con marco dorado...2000

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 1853.
Copia de Guido / 1853. La hermosa Judit. / Alto 7 pies, 10 pulg; ancho 4 pies, 10 pulg.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 275.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 226.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 226.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1972. Núm. 226.

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Update date: 03-05-2019 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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