Judith leans to the …

15 Sep

Ottavio Vannini, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” 1625-30, Oil on canvas,             340 x 130 cm, Pisa Cathedral, Pisa, Italy

… Left.   Your right, her left.  Not only in Vannini’s painting but also next to the Tower.  The Leaning Tower, that is.  And let’s hope she stays there.

Vannini also painted another severed head – that of Goliath in The Triumph of David  (1640).  In 2007 while on loan to the Milwaukee Art Museum from the Haukohl Family Collection, a man with a history of mental illness pulled it off the wall, stomped on it several times and put his foot through the painting – reportedly because he was disturbed by the image of Goliath’s severed head.

Imagine how upset he would have been by Holofernes.

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