Judith comes in like a Lamb …

02 Mar

The old saying is March comes “in like a lamb and out like a lion” … or the reverse.   Since this artwork suggests Judith tore it up like a lion on the way out, she must have gone in like a lamb.

André Masson, “Judith and Holofernes,” 1974, Lithograph in colors on Japanese paper, 19 x 23.5 in, auctioned by Bonhams, Sunset Estate Auction, 2011 (Lot 7143), San Francisco , California, US

And the lamb would make sense, considering the Holofernes’ original dinner invitation. He must have thought Judith would be meek like a lamb. And even from Judith’s POV, the start of the evening is not the occasion to make a big roar and be vicious. Or rip off the host’s head.

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Posted by on March 2, 2013 in Cacciatore


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