Judith gives the finger

18 Jun

Valentin de Boulogne, “Judith,” 1626-28, oil on canvas, 97 x 74 cm, Musée des Augustins, Toulouse, France

This portrait by Valetin de Boulogne ranks among my favorite depictions of Judith  (although I do have quite a few).   The attention to detail of the fabrics is amazing:   every crease and fold, the various textures that look like they can be touched.   The color and curl of her hair is so natural and is timeless enough to be worn today.   And her expression is not gloating or gleeful or horrified, yet conveys the seriousness of the occasion.

But the upright pointer finger – what does it say?

  • I owe it all to the Man Upstairs
  • Garcon, I need another napkin
  • Turn on the Swing and let’s Lindy Hop!!
  • Taxi –  what’s the fare to Bethulia?
  • One down, 3000 men to go
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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Glory


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