"Judith And La Tête d'Holopherne, Franz Carl Stauder (swiss 1660 - 1714), Signed"Franz Carl Stauder (Switzerland ca.1660 - 1714)
signed in the lower center
Judith with the head of Holofernes
Oil on canvas, cm. 56 x 44
with beautiful gilded and carved wooden frame 75 x 64 cm.
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This fascinating work presents the biblical heroine Giuditta holding proudly the head of Holofernes; this iconographic subject was much loved especially in the Baroque period, since it corresponds to the taste of the time in the representation of strong, contrasting, often fatal passions. It is, in particular, the biblical episode of the killing of the general of the Babylonian army Holofernes by the beautiful and courageous Jewish widow Giuditta, to free her people from foreign domination.
The painting, signed below in the central part, is a work of the Baroque painter Franz Carl Stauder, a member of a dynasty of Swiss artists but active, albeit briefly also in Germany and Italy. He lived and worked mainly in Switzerland precisely in Lucerne, obtaining the major clients between Zurich, Bern and Constance.
Stauder stayed in Italy during his years of study, in Venice, according to sources in the workshop of Johann Carl Loth (1632-1698), which would explain the lively and bright colorism with a Venetian character that makes his paintings shine, like our canvas .
The production of the Strauder is rather small and the quality paintings on the market are extremely rare, since almost all the works he created were religious in theme, mainly paintings and frescoes for the abbeys, monasteries and Swiss churches.
The present painting is therefore atypical in Stauder's production and should therefore be traced back to his Venetian stay, therefore around 1680-1690 (although exact dates are not prevented). The wonderful painting Lot and his daughters painted in 1689 and sold in Vienna, at Dorotheum, in April 2014 would also date from this period (see link: https://www.dorotheum.com/it/l/3893773/). Both paintings are evident, with their bold colors and chiaroscuro able to emphasize their expressive power, the suggestions of Venetian taste, combined with an excellent pictorial quality.
Returning to the canvas in question, Stauder seems to want to merge notations of costume, thanks to the rich clothing and accessories sought, but also psychological, with the intense expression of Giuditta, imbued with awareness of the success achieved.
Other details inserted by the skilled painter, however, denounce the bloody drama of the previous moment of the story: the blade of the sword still sprinkled with blood, the head of the enemy crudely won and not least the full moon that illuminates the night, are elements to create an assembly of great expressive efficacy.
STORAGE The canvas stands out for its bright colors and excellent conservation.
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