Judith takes the front row

08 Aug

In a simple parish church in Germany, Judith tells her story on the ceiling of the nave.

Pfarrkirche St. Gallus, Horgenzell-Kappel, Ravensburg, Germany

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.

unknown, c.1887, Camaieu-painting on the nave wall overhang, Pfarrkirche St. Gallus, Horgenzell-Kappel, Ravensburg, Germany


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


Posted by on August 8, 2012 in Distracted


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2 responses to “Judith takes the front row

  1. AndreasPraefcke

    August 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    You’re welcome!

    • judith2you

      August 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm


      Seriously, I appreciate the work that went into capturing these images. And I would have nothing to talk about if not for the photographs. Your pictures make me feel like I am there on the loveliest day of the year!

      Judith (the other one)


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