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Judith and the Backseat Driver

(c) National Trust, Knole; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Garofalo, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes and Her Maidservant,” early 16th century, Oil on panel, 33.5 x 27 cm, Knole House, Kent, England, UK

I didn’t go to parochial school, but I’ll wager that this artist did. And he is suffering from PTSD after a run-in with one of his teachers.

Judith has apparently made it out of Holofernes’ camp and is thrilled to be on her way back to Bethulia.  She is so excited about her accomplishment that she has removed the severed head from the bag and is practically skipping down the road towards home.  But right behind her is the Maid, giving a frowny face and raising a pointy finger to the heavens – as if to say “Watch where you’re going!  Don’t be so full of yourself! You’re going to drop that thing and I’m not going to chase it down the hill!”

At least you can fire a maid.

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Posted by on April 14, 2013 in Cacciatore


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