Judith and the Occult, Part 2

14 Jan

In truth, the time spent on the Thoth tarot deck was partly in preparation for the artwork of the day.  No, no more tarot cards – but another foray into symbolic art.

This is the meticulous work of Nebojsa Bezanic, a Serbian artist who creates worlds-within-worlds of fantastical interactions.

Judith (2011) Nebojsa Bezanic

Nebojsa Bezanic (1964 – ), “Judith Beheading Holofernes,” 2011, oil on canvas, 100 x 75 cm,

Judith (2011) Nebojsa Bezanic - center

Nebojsa Bezanic (1964 – ), “Judith Beheading Holofernes” – center detail, 2011, oil on canvas, 100 x 75 cm,

Judith (2011) Nebojsa Bezanic - lower left

Nebojsa Bezanic (1964 – ), “Judith Beheading Holofernes” – lower left detail, 2011, oil on canvas, 100 x 75 cm,

Judith (2011) Nebojsa Bezanic - upper left

Nebojsa Bezanic (1964 – ), “Judith Beheading Holofernes” – upper left detail, 2011, oil on canvas, 100 x 75 cm,


Being overwhelmed as I am by Hieronymus Bosch,  I have the luxury of defaulting to Edric van Vredenburgh’s website and the critique by Dejan Djoric.

Within Nebojsa Bezanic’s art of painting, every­thing starts and ends with a drawing. As one of the best European drawers, he has expanded human anthill with his drawing, and spread it over his own map of the world, which has neither beginning nor end. He includes countless figures in his map of the parallel world, small and big soldiers waging war for him. The painter is like the demiurge, God of one of numerous universes where human is given the significance different from the real one. The artist is no traditional mimos, but the creator of the world, which oper­ates according to its own rules, in agreement with space and fictitious time, which is lived faster and more exciting.

So I am content with knowing I cannot possibly see all or begin to understand all that is taking place amidst the delirium of the Assyrrian camp.

But there is one thing that caught my eye in the uppermost left corner:  a building with the words “Hermes Trismegistus” above the entrance. And OF COURSE I had to look it up.  And OF COURSE wikipedia (the font of all millennial knowledge) led me to an entry on Hermeticism, which OF COURSE concerns writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus (“Thrice Great”) – so named because he knew the three parts of the wisdom of the whole universe (alchemy, astrology, and theurgy) – which OF COURSE means he represents the combination of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth.


Which means we have gone in a circle and now my brain is full.  And I will have to tackle the Meaning of the Universe some other day.


Posted by on January 14, 2015 in Cacciatore


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4 responses to “Judith and the Occult, Part 2

  1. oatmeal girl

    January 14, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Hi there. Just wanted to say how happy I am that you’re posting again.


    • judith2you

      January 14, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      oh thank you so much! it’s nice to be missed.

  2. Judy Bracken

    January 14, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Re: Hieronymus Bosch – I went to the Prado especially to see his work & it was out for cleaning/restoration…..disappointment plus! But I have an interest sparked re: Hermes Trismagistus
    after seeing the marvellous…..Marvellous…. mosaic floor at Siena cathedral AND there’s a Judith (unfortunately for me in early January it was covered by their Nativity scene)

    • judith2you

      January 15, 2015 at 1:40 am

      Out for cleaning/restoration? Oh that is a disappointment. And then to find Judith covered by the Nativity?! Even more disappointing!! Sounds like an excuse to go back.

      And thanks for mentioning the mosaic floor. I will have to see if I have THAT Judith around here somewhere.


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