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Judith is rejuvenated


It has been over a year since I last posted – thinking I had exhausted all artwork of Judith.

But no.  There is more.

It might take me a minute to get it organized. But it’s there. And I am so excited to share it.


Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Mooring


Judith and the Party Pooper

“Every party has a pooper that’s why we invited you – Party Pooper. Party Pooper.”

Pardon me for a moment while I point a finger at a Party Pooper.  Because this blog is a party in celebration of art and artists, of Judith and women, of history and geography, of wit and humor and sometime tragedy.  It has never been about exploitation or manipulation or profits.  It has been about learning and searching and fun.  And it has been about me.

I have honored those who told the story of Judith – and have attempted to contact the living artists to share my appreciation.  I have not always been successful, and for that I apologize.  I hope you understand that I only want to give recognition to your work and share it with an audience so they can appreciate your work even more.

Upon us all a little rain must fall – or in this case poop – and I am not immune.  It is a shame that some work cannot be shared here even with the proper attribution – because it is “owned” and I might someday profit from it (and monkeys might fly out my Mitsubishi).  I can only shrug and say it is a legal matter and the party in question can keep the images that I guess they never meant to celebrate.

And after typing too many words on the matter, let us now turn to celebrate those who HAVE been kind enough to share and DO want recognition and celebration of their artistic expression of Judith.

Party On and let the posts resume!!

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Posted by on July 20, 2013 in Mooring


Judith bids farewell … for now

According to my count, this blog has covered 700 images of Judith in 681 posts over 784 days.  It has been a labor of love and learning, and I have enjoyed every minute.  There are still artworks of Judith to be discussed (although they have crappy images on the internet and little information about their creators or whereabouts).  And more importantly, there are still artworks of Judith to be created.

Eh, I’ll skip being sappy or sentimental or philosophical or even humorous.  I’ve tried out all those persona across these posts. I feel like 700 images is a nice, round number and a good place to stop.

Did i attain my goal of learning about Judith?  In spades.

Did i attain my goal of learning about myself?  Absolutely.

Did i attain my goal of learning, period?  You can’t stop me.

I do own my name, embrace it and can be what it represents.  I can be the giggle-y girl in the poodle skirt or I can be the avenging Amazon with a falchion.  Or i can be naked.  Judith is all those things and more.

Thanks for coming along on the journey.  And let me know if you encounter any Judith’s I haven’t met yet.

Judith () Bernardo Strozzi

Bernardo Strozzi, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” Oil on canvas, 138 x 98.2 cm Christ Church, University of Oxford, Oxford, England UK

Judith () unknown 2

Unknown artist, “Judith and the Head of Holofernes,”    Oil on canvas, 110 x 115 cm, Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth, England, UK

Judith (1630) Pedro Núñez del Valle

Pedro Nuñez del Valle, “Judith and Her Maid Abra with the Head of Holofernes,” 1630, Oil on canvas, 88.5 x 108 cm, for sale by Caylus Anticuario S.A., Madrid, Spain

Judith () Saraceni

Circle of Carlo Saraceni, “Judith,” c.1600, Oil on canvas, 92 x 76 cm, auctioned by Christie’s 6/8/2002 (Lot 729)

(c) UCL Art Museum; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Elizabeth Leslie Arnold, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” 1929, Oil & charcoal on canvas, 21.8 x 91.5 cm, University College London Art Museum, London, UK


Posted by on April 16, 2013 in Mooring


Judith goes tandem

Because there are so many works of art and so little time.  And because some of the art works are related to others, descendants of others (if you will), it seems like it’s time to double up.  To compare and contrast how two artists have taken the same yet difference approaches to Judith’s story.

Thus for the next few days, you get the Doublemint Twins of Judith in art.  Although some twins may be strangely fraternal …

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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Mooring


Judith departs from the agenda

Time for change-up.   All this Baroque is starting to bore me.   And since it is my blog and my rules, I now have a new agenda:  alternating decades.   A little contemporary Judith, a little Renaissance Judith, a little Fin de siècle Judith.

And statues.   There will be statues.  And other household items.

But still no etchings.   You get the picture.

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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Mooring



Judith, blogger defined

Hey!  It’s me!  It’s you, too!!

Blog readers jump around. They follow links. They move from blogs to news clips to videos on YouTube, and they do it more easily than you can turn a newspaper page. They are always getting carried away—somewhere.

Many bloggers really don’t write much at all. They are more like impresarios, curators, or editors, picking and choosing things they find on line, occasionally slapping on a funny headline or adding a snarky (read: snotty and catty) comment.

Blog writing is id writing—grandiose, dreamy, private, free-associative, infantile, sexy, petty, dirty.  Whether bloggers tell the truth or really are who they claim to be is another matter, but WTF. They are what they write. And you can’t fake that.

Sarah Boxer,The New York Review of Books, February 14, 2008

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Posted by on January 18, 2012 in Mooring


Judith’s agenda

One more thing before we start with the artwork.  I’m uncertain at this point of which agenda to adopt. So help me out here. The options are:

– Chronological (“Here we have stick figures on cave walls and now you can see profiles and, oh look, there’s something that looks like a shadow …)

– Based on popularity (“We’ll start with the good stuff and move toward the obscure bits – assuming that the popularity of a work of art can be judged like a high school homecoming queen.”)
– Alphabetical (“Why not?”)

– Totally random (“WTF?”)

– Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles order (Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello)

Which reminds me, I forgot to mention. Prior to this endeavor, I spent a week devoted to locating artwork related to Judith. Scouring the internet, lodged in an easy chair, looking for every Judith I could find. It started when somebody pissed me off. MAJOR pissed me off. And I felt murderous — like I needed to prepare for battle.  In this preparation, I looked for an image to represent my anger and my determination to not be powerless. When I needed her, there was Judith. And another. And another. Until I needed a spreadsheet to decide which Judith was best to represent me. As the spreadsheet and my obsession grew, I thought of how enlightening it would be to contemplate each work of art. Actually, I thought how amazing it would be to travel the world and visit each work of art. But that being out of my budget, I settled on a blog.

What I plan is a presentation of each work, a discussion of the artist and the message they convey. What I plan is to see what can be learned or experienced as an observer.

That is the plan but I don’t know where to start. Chronology seems … blah. Popularity has the danger of fizzling out once the most popular works are discussed (which makes me feel bad for the less popular works and dredges up memories of high school and let’s not go there). totally random is too chaotic for my taste.  And so I am left with alphabetical order by default?

Let me think about that.

*  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *
I thought about it. Alphabetic order does not work because it means works that are based on predecessors are difficult to understand when taken out of order. Even though I considered the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle order, it only covers 4 artists – and 2 of them did not paint Judith (how dare they be so impervious to her charms). Random order is just too disorderly. So flipping the coin between chronology and popularity I chose … a compromise. The most popular work of art in the chronology, looking at the most frequently referenced painting of the time period and then those around it before moving ahead.

And now that the agenda is settled, I’m anxious to begin.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
One more thing. I am going to add verses from the Book of Judith at the bottom of each page. Just to keep it honest and educational and, well, sort of holy to offset the raunchy parts.

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Posted by on June 26, 2011 in Mooring