Judith on top, again

10 Jun

Francesco Podesti, Room of the Immaculate Conception, c.1854, The Vatican

Francesco Podesti, Vault fresco – Room of the Immaculate Conception, c.1854, The Vatican

Francesco Podesti, “Judith” in vault fresco – Room of the Immaculate Conception, c.1854, The Vatican

The Sala dell’Immacolata — Room of the Immaculate Conception — at the Vatican.   Not quite the Sistine Chapel but almost.   Podesti was commissioned to decorate this chapel by Pope Pius IX following the Promulgation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception on 8th December 1854.   While the main feature is the immense fresco of throngs witnessing the Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Conception, the vault fresco has six octagons that depict:

  1. Faith
  2. Doctrine
  3. Survivors of Noah’s Ark
  4. Jael killing Sisera
  5. Ester fainting in front of Assuero
  6. Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Odd that Judith was good enough to be permanently affixed to the ceiling but was booted from the Bible.

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