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Judith with one head

17 Oct

This depiction of Judith is outstanding for one reason:  Guercino is Italian for ‘squinter’ — a nickname that was given to the artist because he was cross-eyed.    Apparently, he was able to focus enough to avoid giving Holofernes two heads.

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri Guerchino, “Judith and Holofernes,” c.1620-1630, Oil on canvas, 118 x 152 cm, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Brest, Brest, France

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