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Judith in a Blue Dress

12 Aug

Isn’t she lovely?  In fact, Judith as portrayed by Sustris is so lovely I did not notice the severed head in her hand or the lifeless body behind her.  In fact, I did not place her in the group with the other severed heads originally.

Lambert Sustris, “Judith with the head of Holofernes” c.1550, oil on canvas, 95 cm x 113 cm, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Lille, France

And yet, there it is.  The bloody head next to her lovely blue dress. What would her mother say?  About the dress, I mean.  Imagine the dry cleaning bill.

In this portrayal, Judith seems so unconcerned.   No worries, no cares — just hanging out in the Assyrian Camp.  Wearing her best blue velvet gown.  Brocade shawl.  Nice jewels.  Coiffed hair.  Heavy sword and a head.  Except for the last two elements (and the corpse in the background) you might assume she was simply a young woman waiting on her beau for an evening out on the town.

Makes me think this should be classified as Fantasy instead of Biblical art.

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Since this Judith looks like she could use musical accompaniment, I found this tune by Jack Conte.

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Posted by on August 12, 2011 in Cacciatore

 

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