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Judith with bling

30 Apr

Cha – CHING!

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens (Cathédrale Notre-Dame d’Amiens) is the tallest complete cathedral in France, reaching a height of 138.8 ft and an interior space of 260,000 cu yd.   Built between 1220 and 1270, it is renowned for the quality and quantity of early 13th century Gothic sculpture.    The Chapelle Notre-Dame de Puy dates from the 17th century with a great altarpiece with a painting of the Assumption of the Virgin by Francis Francken the Younger (1628).

Nicolas Blasset, “Chapelle Notre-Dame de Puy,” 1627, Marble, Cathédrale Notre-Dame d’Amiens, Amiens, France

The altarpiece by Blasset is topped by the Lady taking a child from a well.  The second level depicts David and Solomon.  The lower level St Genevieve and Judith.   (Although during the Revolution, St Genevieve was transformed into the goddess of Reason with the table of Human Rights and the Citizen – and after the Revolution, transformed into Sibyl with the Tablets of the Law).

Nicolas Blasset, “Judith – Chapelle Notre Dame du Puy,” 1627, Marble, Cathédrale Notre-Dame d’Amiens, Amiens, France

Thankfully, Judith was allowed to remain herself for reasons that are unknown.   She also got to keep her gold sandals, gold sash, gold diadem and gold bracelet.

Nicolas Blasset, “Judith – Chapelle Notre Dame du Puy (detail),” 1627, Marble, Cathédrale Notre-Dame d’Amiens, Amiens, France

Although it appears she could use a manicure.

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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Glory

 

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2 responses to “Judith with bling

  1. Stephanie Martin

    August 31, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    I saw this sculpture in Amiens this summer! Did you know there is a huge musical composition by C.H.H. Parry for choir, soloists and orchestra on the story of Judith? Pax Christi Chorale is performing it in Toronto on May 3, 2015.

     
    • judith2you

      January 2, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Thank you for the comment and the information on the performance in May. I collected some information on Serov’s opera but not about Parry. Now that I look it up, I recognize the hymn “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” was adapted from the contralto aria “Long Since in Egypt’s Pleasant Land” (also known as “Repton”).

       

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