Donatello’s Judith

Serenity, disbelief and relief in Donatello’s Judith.

Peaceful, righteous body language.

But from looked at from below Judith becomes horrific, intimidating, eerie and anuncanny smile forms due to a misplaced shadow.


Judith cannot be seen in her puritanical Biblical original context; the one who protects her honour as well as her people. In Donatello’s work, Judith is symbol for this courage towards a community. But due to our continuing grow and want of individualisation in people, as well as objects and animals, Judith becomes one woman threathened by rape and life, who takes the sexualisation that makes her a victim of this and ultimately uses this as a weapon of power by entering Holofernes’s tent and deheading him coldly, silently, serenely.