Judith’s Collar

Quite a while ago I posted about a commission I had for  a German 16th century bejewelled collar. It was to be based on the collar one can see in Lucas Cranach the Elder’s painting “Judith With the Head of Holofernes” from about 1530. I wrote about my initial plans for it in this blog post  In the end I changed my plans a bit, but I’m very pleased with the result.

Luckily my client gave me plenty of time, which meant I could try out some new techniques, (stupid) mistakes were made, at some point the whole collar turned GREEN, the horror! I was so angry with myself I had to put the collar to the side for two weeks, before I could make myself re-track my steps and do it right. But I was able to save it in the end, and I think my client will be very pleased with the result. I’m looking forward to see her wear it at some point.

I should also apologize for having written so little here on my blog lately, I’ll try to do better from now on.

Oh, and I really have to share this link to the Cranach Digital Archive with you, it’s a complete treasure for anyone interested in German 16th century. The resolution of the pictures are often absolutely stunning, and one can really see the fantastic details in the paintings. This is for instance how I realized that the pearls hanging from the lower edge of the colar were actually suspended from tiny chains, and so I had to to same with my collar of course. Fiddly work, but so worth it, it looks pretty amazing.

AND if you want a collar similar to this one, I do take commissions, go to the About-section on this blog and you’ll find my facebook page, my online portfolio, my Etsy shop and contact information.

Now some photos!

© Johanna Lundqvist Lawrence

So this is the front view of my bejewelled collar.

So here is a detail of Cranach’s painting, so you can make a a comparison. My interpretation is just that of course, and interpretation, there was no way I could make a perfect replica, but I’m still happy with the result.

A full view of the beautiful painting.Lucas Cranach the Elder, "Judith with the Head of Holofernes", ca 1530

A full view of the beautiful painting.
Lucas Cranach the Elder, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes”, ca 1530

And a few more angles of the piece.

And a few more angles of the piece.

2 comments on “Judith’s Collar

  1. Pingback: The Concept Collar inspired by Cranach | evajohannastudios

  2. Heike Kubasch
    July 25, 2015

    How did you create the brass base? What kind of brass did you use, what are the approximate dimensions, and how were the edges of brass smoothed to keep them from hurting the wearer’s neck?


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