In a simple parish church in Germany, Judith tells her story on the ceiling of the nave.
Yup, that’s her. Straight ahead to the altar and look up. Judith was given the prominent spot in the front row. Between St. Gallus (and a bear) on the left and St. Mark (and a lion) on the right. I am surprised no one figured out how to paint a tiger in her scene.
Instead of a tiger, we get a romanticized version of the scene (although still bloody). A romantic Princess Judith on a romantic frothy wave holding a less-than-romantic head. Remind me again how a painting like this is supposed to heighten the worship experience?
Thanks to Andreas Praefcke for the photos