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Judith leaves a mess

20 Dec

We still don’t know who commissioned the sculpture, even if its grim subject and the dramatic force of the figure make it apt for meditation on sin, “Holofernes” is the personification of Vice defeated by Virtue, embodied by Judith and death. (1)

Orazio Marinali, “Head of Holofernes,” marble, 32 x 44 x 37.5 cm, Musei Civici Agli Eremitani, Padua, IT

She was not known for her housekeeping.  Just like Judith to leave a severed head laying around for us to meditate on sin.

Max Boldrin, “My sweet Holofernes,” 2003, two photographs on a poster (double face) in white wood, 110 x 70 x 100 cm, Musei Civici Agli Eremitani, Padua, Italy

(1) Stefania Schiavon, Musei Civici Agli Eremitani, Giovani Artisti Italiani

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