Judith takes a shine

06 Jul

Jon Gernon, “Judith (and the Head of Holofernes),” 2007, Egg tempera, 12k white gold water gilding on panel, 7 x 10 in, private collection

Jon Christopher Gernon’s work is influenced by the 14th and 15th century and the Magic Realist painters, who blend magical elements with the real world in a straightforward manner that places the “real” and the “fantastic” in the same stream of thought.  In this case, the realism of Judith is juxtaposed with the fantastic image of Caravaggio’s Holofernes on Judith’s bodice.

Actually, I am more concerned with his use of egg tempera and white gold gilding.  Egg tempera because it requires mixing your own paints with an actual egg – hold the bacon.  White gold gilding because it shines in a manner that can not be depicted in this computer image.

And this Judith appears to be so serene.  Hands folded, fingers touching, almost an act of prayer.  And beneath this placid face, Holofernes’ grotesque and grisly murder is portrayed on her bosom.

Kinda drives the casual cocktail conversation in her direction, eh?

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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Glory


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