Pastel on canvas.
This is my attempt at reproducing the head of Judith from Caravaggio’s masterpiece Judith Beheading Holofernes (1599)

Caravaggio has long been my favourite artist, but trying to imitate his work gave me a whole new appreciation of his brilliance. This is perhaps the most demanding bit of drawing I’ve ever done.


  • Ross Robinson
    Ross Robinsonover 4 years ago

    Wow. This is awesome!

  • thanks Ross. i saw Simon Schama’a doco on Caravaggio the other day and it really inspired me. : )

    – Tania Donald

  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethover 4 years ago

    gosh garn jolly well dammit your good.

  • oh you’re bleeding, bloody kind, you are. ; )

    – Tania Donald

  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethover 4 years ago

    oooooooooh im just honest.

  • ArtSlut
    ArtSlutover 4 years ago

    darling I am lost for words.You are so screamingly talented.Every detail is exquisite and so beautifully and perfectly rendered. Who couldn’t love Caravaggio and his light and shadows. I am truly in awe of this.:-)

  • thanks a lot sticky. i’d like to try to do more copies of the old masters. you really do learn a lot, and it’s a good challenge to stretch one’s skills. : )

    – Tania Donald

  • Elucidate
    Elucidateover 4 years ago

    i think this is tania’s masterpiece.

  • thank you so much Jordan. it makes me happy that you like this : )

    – Tania Donald

  • roybarry
    roybarryover 4 years ago

    bloody hell………………………………..

  • of course the real test with this will be when i fix and varnish it…it might all be ruined then…fingers crossed that the pastel primer does its job and everything works as it should. x

    – Tania Donald

  • joak
    joakover 4 years ago

    bloody hell this is imense

  • joak, just doing this one small segment of his painting was so incredibly detailed and time consuming…i have no idea how he did the whole thing – and in paint!! an interesting exercise…

    – Tania Donald

  • Kimberley  x ♥ Davitt
    Kimberley x ♥...over 4 years ago

    wow incredible, you have such talent

  • thaks so much K, very pleased you like it : )

    – Tania Donald

  • Jeff Burgess
    Jeff Burgessover 4 years ago

    Well her head is obviously an image unto itself. Nice reproduction and end result.

  • thankyou Jeff. this was a really interesting experiment for me :)

    – Tania Donald

  • ClaireBrewis
    ClaireBrewisover 4 years ago

    Wowza! This is amazing Tania! You will have to bring some of your work over here am sure you could sell this easily when your over! Absolutely stunning x

  • thanks heaps Claire! i dream of being international! : D

    – Tania Donald

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