Oh my, where has the time gone? I am so far behind — so many Judith’s to discuss and so disorganized. But I must start somewhere so, this appears to be the spot.
In the center of the picturesque campus of Indiana University is the Art Museum. It is located on the Fine Arts Square, next to the centerpiece Showalter Fountain that depicts Venus being born from a clam shell amidst frolicking dolphins. The Museum’s collection includes more than 45,000 works organized into nine curatorial areas, allowing visitors to take an extraordinary global journey through three floors in I. M. Pei’s iconic triangular building. And almost immediately inside the first gallery is “Judith with the Head of Holofernes” by Matteo di Giovanni. (discussed in “Judith begins modeling,” January 9, 2012)
It is actually larger than I imaged and prominently displayed at the gallery entrance. Consequently, I was quite proud of our heroine.
And little further in is Antiveduto Grammatica’s “Judith with the Head of Holofernes.” (discussed in “Judith gives directions,” November 7, 2011). Not quite as impressive but much larger and worth a trip to the IU campus if you crave a Baroque Judith.