Judith: the Satanic version

22 Jul

“Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned / Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.”
from “The Mourning Bride” (1697) by William Congreve

unknown Tuscan school, “Judith and Holofernes,” 17th Century, Oil on canvas, 190 x 133 cm,                                                  auctioned by Dorotheum 12/12/2011 (Lot 105)

I would say this is what fury looks like.  The triumphant woman with her foot on the severed head, her arm raised dramatically as she sheaths the murder weapon.  And turns her back on the mutilated body twisted in the deep shadow.

I would cower in the corner, too, if I were the maid.

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Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Whorey


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