Judith in the Vatican, again

27 Jan

Continuing with Judith in strange locations –

Leonard Baskin, “Judith with the Head Holofernes,” 1972, bronze sculpture, Vatican Museums, Vatican City

How does a rabbi’s son end up with three sculptures in the Vatican museum?

I wrote about Baskin before (Judith with a temper, 12/15/2011).   At that time I read that three Baskin sculptures were located in the Vatican Museum (1).   Wonder of wonders, now that I go back to trace my steps the internet search sends me to … me.    So in this alternate universe where I am now “an expert,”   I look again and find that “Andromache (aka Mourning Woman)” (1971) has high-tailed herself to the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University and “Isaak” (1973) flew out to the Honolulu Academy of Arts.    I think he got the better deal.

As far as i can tell, Judith is still in the Vatican.   She appears to be swathed from head to toe in fabric.   Plain.  Resolute.  Without sensation but in control.

Leonard Baskin

And Holofernes’ head.  Does it favor Leonard Baskin?   Or do all bearded men just look the same to me?

(1) Leonard Baskin on  Facebook, 10/1/2010

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