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Judith is duplicitous

speaking of fashionistas …

on October 7, 2011, I posted “Judith and genetics” about Fede Galizia and her father, Nunzio Galizia – accompanied by this painting:

Fede Galizia,  "Judith with the Head of Holofernes, "1596, oil on canvas, 116.8 x 9.2 cm, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, USA

Fede Galizia, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes, “1596, oil on canvas, 116.8 x 9.2 cm, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, USA

now for your consideration, I have this painting:

Judith () Fede Galizia

Fede Galizia, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” 1596, Oil on canvas, 122 x 90 cm, auctioned by Nagel, Feb 20 – 21, 2013 (#692)

… a near-duplicate of the other.  there are some subtle differences (like Judith and the maid look happier the second time around) but I am not one for those games.  however, if YOU would like to count the differences, i would be happy to hear about it the next time I have trouble sleeping at night.

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Posted by on June 13, 2013 in Cacciatore


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Judith has a brand new bag

what can you do after you determine that your butt looks big?

buy a new handbag, of course.

Judith (2008) Dagmar Calais

Dagmar Calais, “Judith and Holofernes,” 2008, Oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm,

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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Whorey


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Judith: the Back Story

Judith goes on wondering:  DOES THIS MAKE MY BUTT LOOK BIG?

judith () unknown

Unknown, Venice, “Judith and Holofernes,” 17th century, Oil on canvas , 22 x 111 cm, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey, US

Judith:  (sigh) All this working out and i’m still not happy with the size of my butt.
Maid:  Well, wearing white across your bum doesn’t help.
Judith:  Also not a good choice for decapitations.
Maid:   True … what kind of work-outs are you doing?
Judith:  I was spinning three times a week, but then my coccyx was acting up.
Maid:   You mean you had a pain in the ass?
Judith:  Yes, that’s another way of saying it.  Then I was using the stair climber but that seemed to be going nowhere.
Maid:   Squats and lunges?
Judith:  Yup.  Leg and hip extensionsDumbbell stiff-legged dead lift, fitball glute bridge, Frog Butt boosters …
Maid:   Maybe you’re overworking it.
Judith:  I hadn’t thought of that.
Maid:   Who is your trainer?
Judith:  Some girl named Kim Kardigan. Or was it Kashian? Or maybe …

Thanks to Rebecca Daroff DiMattia, Stories in Art for this find.

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Posted by on April 8, 2013 in Cacciatore


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Judith makes an exception

Unknown artist, Italian School (19th century),”Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” 1866, Oil on canvas, 103.5 x 77.5 cm, auctioned by Jackson’s Auction, Jun 23, 2009 (Lot 256), Cedar Falls, Iowa, US

i tried to avoid works by unknown artists. especially in auctions, the work is usually poor quality and a copy of a more significant piece. but i made an exception in the case of this painting because a) it is good quality and b) it is not a copy.  while a similar stance has been used by other artists,  this Judith has a distinctive expression and discriminating hair and clothing – representing an admirable example of Romanticism.

the white shoulder and the surprised expression are particularly appealing, suggesting that Judith has not let this act make her wanton or harsh or vengeful.  she has completed her task (almost) and will now return to being the upstanding widow of Bethulia.

after she sneaks past the guards, ditches the head and washes her hands – obviously.

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Posted by on March 4, 2013 in Cacciatore


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Judith in triplicate

William Etty, “Judith and Holofernes, triptych,” 1827-1831, oil on canvas, 21¼ x 29 in. (total size including frame), auctioned by Christie’s Sep 3, 2008 (Lot 181), London, England, UK

damn, damn, damn.

i have been chasing William Etty all over the internet the last few days, only to conclude:

  • Etty loved to paint nudes – even though the subject scandalized the Victorians
  • Etty executed three pictures,”Deliverance of Bethulia by Judith,” from 1827 to 1831 during visits to Scotland - which he himself considered among his best works
  • Wikipedia says they are “all in the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh” – but they are not
  • therefore … this triptych must be the three Judith‘s

anyone care to debate?

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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Glory


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Judith and Judith

OH MY GAWD! i found my twin separated at birth!!


Judith Henkel, “Judith and Holofernes” from the series “Lilith and her Sisters,” oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm,

not the painting.  the painter: Judith Henkel.    born within months of me!   except in Germany.   except she is blonde.   and tall.  and paints instead of blathers in a blog.   but that’s enough to imply sisterhood, isn’t it?

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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Cacciatore


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Judith joins a sorority

Pietro della Vecchia (Pietro Muttoni), "Judith killing Holofernes," c.1675-1700, Oil on canvas, Musée de Grenoble, France

Judith:  Wait … What??

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Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Boring


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Judith’s preferred cuisine

Jacopo Amigoni, "Judith and Holofernes," 1739, Oil on canvas, 140 x 142 cm, Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Ca' Rezzonico, Venice, Italy

Judith: so what are you thinking?
Maid: I was thinking Chinese.
Judith: eh, i worry about the MSG.
Maid: yeah, how about Indian?
Judith: too spicy. Sushi?
Maid: raw seafood scares me. Mediterranean?
Judith: reminds me of a former boyfriend.
Maid:  Burgers?
Judith:  Burgers is good. Just don’t get the bags mixed up.

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Posted by on December 21, 2012 in Cacciatore


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Judith in the round

Nicolas Prévost, "Judith," 17th century, Oil on canvas, sold by Jack Kilgore and Company, Inc., New York, NY, USA

Judith:    We need to wrap this up quickly.   I need some fresh air.
Maid:      What’s wrong?
Judith:    The room is spinning.  And something smells bad.
Maid:       Do you think it’s the dead body?
Judith:    No, too soon for the decomposition to set in.  And it doesn’t smell like rotting flesh.
Maid:       What does it smell like?
Judith:     More like … farts.
Maid:       … oh.  Just remember we both had beans last night.
Judith:     No, I didn’t have beans last night.
Maid:       Damn. I always get caught holding the bag.

for comparison to Cleopatra, see Sylvain Kerspern, About Nicolas Prevost and Jacques Stella: The Contribution of the Death of Cleopatra. (February 2008). D’histoire & d’@rt.

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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Boring


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Judith the Younger vs. the Older

what a difference one little word can make.    for instance “il Giovane” (the younger) versus “il Vecchio” (the older).    of course, it would help if i understood Italian.    because during months of looking at the depiction of Judith in art, i made the mistake of confusing Jacopo Negretti, aka Palma il Giovane, with Jacopo Negretti, aka Palma il Vecchio – his great-nephew.   duh.

an especially serious error when i realized i had three (!) Judith‘s by Palma il Giovane waiting for my examination.

therefore in order to avoid confusion once again, i am assigning new titles to each of these works.

Palma il Giovane (Jacopo Negretti), "Judith with head of Holofernes," c.1535-1625, Oil on canvas, 140 x 180 cm, Louvre, Paris,France

this first painting by Palma il Giovane will be known as Must Be The Best One Because It Is In The Louvre.”   although truthfully it is the rattiest looking of all three.    i mean, part of Judith’s shoulder is missing!   but i suppose if you like contorted headless muscular bodies and uber-obvious triangular composition, this is the version for a premier museum of art.

Palma il Giovane (Jacopo Negretti), "Judith Beheading Holofernes," c.1600, Oil on canvas, Brake Castle, Weser Renaissance Museum, Lemgo, Germany

the second painting by Palma il Giovane will be known as  The One With All The Details In It, or More Is Less.”   because it also has the contorted headless muscular body (minus the obvious triangular composition) with much much more.   the scabbard (foreground), the armor (right), the candle (left), the fauchion (Judith’s right hand) – and my favorite, the Pyramids of Giza outside the flap of the tent.   who knew that Bethulia was so close to Egypt?

Palma il Giovane (Jacopo Negretti), "Judith with head of Holofernes," c.1535-1625, Oil on canvas

and this last painting by Palma il Giovane shall be known as Oops, I Thunked You On The Head With A Sword – because that is what Judith is about to do to the maid.    apparently, Judith missed the lesson about not running with scissors and feels perfectly capable of holding a heavy fauchion in one hand over the maid’s head.   seems very careless to me.

the alternate titles to this work is The One In Orange and  The One Cannot Locate.”

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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Gory


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