Judith brings home the prize

29 Nov

Perhaps you remember Elizabetta Sirani.  She is the female artist who worked herself to death from bleeding ulcers.  So next time your family or your boss is on your last nerve, you may want to remind them of this story.

Elizabetta Sirani, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” 1658, Oil on canvas, 93 x 72 in, Lakeview Museum of Arts and Science, Peoria, Illinois, USA

Once again we have Judith surrounded by children.   I guess before movies and television, the most exciting thing in town was public torture and execution.   It is not every day that Aunt Judith brings home a head in a bag of meat.   So at least we have violent media to thank for keeping our kids away from public dismemberment.  Except those events only happened once in a while back in the day (I hope) while violence is broadcast to us 24/7 by television, dvd, computer and hand-held devices in odorless formats.

So in that spirit, gather ’round kiddies!  Here is your gasp at a decapitated head for the next few months.  Until the skin rots away and you cannot stand the smell anymore.

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Another website where more art of Sirani is displayed is MISS: Art HERstory.

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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Glory


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