Judith on the end

12 Feb

In the north of The Netherlands, on the lovely left bank of the Ems river estuary that borders Germany, is the province of Groningen. And in the capital city of Groningen stands the Martinikerk.  No, not a church to the patron saint of martini’s – it is a church to St. Martin de Tours, the patron saint of soldiers.

Unknown artist, “Judith & Holofernes” detail, late 15ht century, bench end of stalls on north side of Martinikerk (Martin’s church), Groningen, The Netherlands (photo by groenling on flickr)

Among the many elaborate carvings in the church is this depiction of Judith with a sword at the neck of Holofernes.   The Maid standing faithfully by the bed.   And Holofernes’ trio of soldiers having a merry time on the margin.

That should inspire a joyful noise from the choir.

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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Glory


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