Judith constructed

21 Jun

Bavarian Art Institute of Munich, “Judith,” 1886-91, stained glass, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA

In the neighborhood of Terre Haute, Indiana, is a large cathedral-like structure in the Italian Renaissance style that serves as the house of worship for the Sisters of Providence. set within the native limestone are stained glass windows – including the depiction of Judith.

Although it is not mentioned, the composition of this window bears a striking resemblance to that of Cristofano Allori – who you may recall used the likeness of his mistress for the face of Judith.   But shhhh … don’t tell the nuns.   They might not like the comparison.

Cristofano Allori, “Judith with the head of Holofernes,” 1613, Oil on canvas, 120.4 x 100.3 cm, Royal Collection, Windsor, England, UK

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