Judith and Holofernes

Judith and Holofernes

Purchased via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA in 1893 for £139 3s 11d

Original:

Judith and Holofernes
Donatello (1386-1466)
Third quarter of the 15th century
Bronze
Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Signed on the cushion OPVS.DONATELLI.FLO and inscribed around the top of the pedestal EXEMPLVM.SAL.PVB.CIVES.POS.MCCCCXCV. The statue and its base were designed as the centre of a fountain, with water spouts in the corner of the pillow. Its earliest known location is the garden of the Palazzo Medici. The inscription on the pedestal was added after the fall of the Medici in 1494, when it was removed first into the Palazzo Vecchio and then placed outside it. The statue was taken back into the Palazzo Vecchio in 1980.