Pollaiuolo created in this figure an expressive Image of the beautiful biblical heroine and symbol of the Florentine republic. Working in both Florence and Rome, Pollaiuolo produced paintings, engravings, drawings, embroidery designs, and works in silver and is known especially for his development of the bronze statuette.
Artist Pollaiuolo, Italian, 1429-1498
Title
  • Judith
Date ca. 1470
Medium Bronze with traces of gilding
Dimensions Including base: 20 × 9 × 4 inches (50.8 × 22.9 × 10.2 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Eleanor Clay Ford
Accession Number 37.147
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View European: Medieval and Renaissance W241, Level 2 (see map)
Sir William Drake (Weybridge Surrey, England);
Mrs. Hornsby Drake (London, England);
private collection (Paris, France);
Dr. Frey von Stamore;
(Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co., New York, New York, USA);
Eleanor Clay Ford;
1937-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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