After hearing the story of Judith yesterday, what would make more sense than … bookplates.
Who KNEW bookplates are an art form? Used to indicate ownership of a book, the term Ex Libris is a Latin phrase, meaning “from the books.” Although historically ex libris were prized as heraldic plates with personalized coats-of-arms, they are now admired as miniature works of art and are collected as original and often signed art works in a variety of print techniques.
Enter Jan Černoš, who specializes in ex lib’s. His subjects show here are Holofernes with the Sun and Judith with the Moon in an art deco motif.
I am not sure why Holofernes is associated with the Sun – unless it is not a sun but a fireball that reflects the name “stinking in hell.” Unfortunately, he looks a little like Michael Jackson the Later Years, wrapped in a black shroud.
On the other hand, Judith appears to be enjoying a well-deserved nap in a field of flowers under a crescent moon. Pleased with herself, isn’t she? And it looks like she has become attached to that sword – although it could be a problem if she rolls over.