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Judith in the Suite Life

09 Sep

Before the Louvre was a museum, it was a palace.    And while it was the palace of Louis XIV, the queen mother Anne of Austria created a suite of private apartments on the ground floor of the Petite Galerie, known as her summer apartments.   The frescoes and ceilings of the six interconnected rooms were decorated by Romanelli.

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli, 1655-57, Fresco, Anne of Austria’s summer apartment, Louvre, Paris, France

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli, 1655-57, Fresco, Anne of Austria’s summer apartment, Louvre, Paris, France

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli, 1655-57, Fresco, Anne of Austria’s summer apartment, Louvre, Paris, France

The apartments became a gallery of antiquities in 1799 (thus the perfect Roman tushes).   But somewhere in Salle des Antonins among the many allegorical scenes depicted in the frescos is Judith.  Up there with Religion and the Theological Virtues, Genii, Moderation, and Prudence …

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli, “Judith and Holofernes,” 1655-57, Fresco, Salle des Antonins of Anne of Austria’s summer apartment, Louvre, Paris, France

… although she appears to be neither moderate or prudent at this point in the story.

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Because this Judith is a nerd, I had to look up the other frescos to complete the picture …

  • Salle des Saisons:  Diana with Apollo, Actaeon, or Endymion, Apollo and Marsyas, the Seasons
  • Salle de la Palx:  Peace as the fruit of War, Peace and Agriculture
  • Salle de Septime Severe:  Poetry and History celebrating the warlike fame of Rome, Rape of the Sabines,  Continence of Scipio, Cincinnatus, Mucius Scaevola
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