Judith meets June

03 Feb

She has the pearl necklace and earrings.    She has the yellow flowered housedress.

Agostino Carracci, 1592-95, oil on canvas, 122.5 x 88 cm, private collection / Matthiesen,London

And now she has Eddie Haskell by the hair.     You go, June Cleaver!

Barbara Billingsley as “June Cleave”

Ken Osmond as “Eddie Haskell”



Amended on a more serious note:   Jaynie Anderson (1) made an interesting discovery regarding this work by Carracci.    This is actually a posthumous portrait of Olimpia Luna, commissioned by her widowed husband, Melchiorre Zoppio – painted by Carracci without having met the subject and not having any likeness to copy.   In an additional clever move, Carracci cast the deceased Olimpia as the living Judith holding the head of deceased Holofernes who was the surviving Melchiorre.

(1)  Jaynie Anderson,  Judith,  Paris: Éd. du Regard, 1997.

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