Judith as played by Lana Turner

12 Jan

Vicenzo Catena, “Judith,” 1517, Oil on wood, 82 x 65 cm, Pinacoteca Querini Stampalia, Venice, Italy

This is actually a very beautiful portrait, although not well-known.  Reminds me of Mona Lisa with the landscape in the background.  It is believed that the woman’s face is Rose Scardona, mistress of the painter.   Seems like there was a fair amount of that going around.

This pose is so attractive that it is probably the model for the Rouen court cards.  Also for the card designed by Francesco Vezzoli as part of the Stacy Engman project to devise contemporary interpretations of the 78 personas in the Tarot deck.

Francesco Vezzoli, “Study for a Portrait of Lana Turner as Judith, queen of spades,” 2010,

Don’t ask me why Lana Turner. she never decapitated anyone, as far as I know.  Although there was that knife incident …

read more at:
Contemproary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project curated by Stacy Engman
Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project by Jayne Surrena

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