Argh, where has the summer gone?
I'm going to be too busy to post for a couple of weeks. See y'all in October :-)
|Dear God, this man is wearing briefs and a Cardigan. Only the Theiss Titillation Principle can save him!|
|Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614): Judith and Holofernes. I took this picture in a gallery in Parma, Italy. Fontana is regarded as the first known professional, self-supporting woman artist of the Renaissance. She managed this while mothering 11 children!|
|Johann Liss : Judith in the Tent of Holofernes (1622)|
 So Judith was left alone in the tent , with Holofernes stretched out on his bed, for he was overcome with wine.The Assyrian army panicked and ran, the Israelites chased them down and slaughtered them, and the land was saved.
 So every one went out, and no one, either small or great, was left in the bedchamber. Then Judith, standing beside his bed, said in her heart, "O Lord God of all might, look in this hour upon the work of my hands for the exaltation of Jerusalem.  For now is the time to help thy inheritance, and to carry out my undertaking for the destruction of the enemies who have risen up against us."  She went up to the post at the end of the bed, above Holofernes' head, and took down his sword that hung there.
 She came close to his bed and took hold of the hair of his head, and said, "Give me strength this day, O Lord God of Israel!"  And she struck his neck twice with all her might, and severed it from his body.  Then she tumbled his body off the bed and pulled down the canopy from the posts; after a moment she went out, and gave Holofernes' head to her maid,
 who placed it in her food bag.Then the two of them went out together, as they were accustomed to go for prayer; and they passed through the camp and circled around the valley and went up the mountain to Bethulia and came to its gates.
 Judith called out from afar to the watchmen at the gates, "Open, open the gate! God, our God, is still with us, to show his power in Israel, and his strength against our enemies, even as he has done this day!"
|Andrea Mantegna: Judith and Holofernes (1490s)|
|Lucas Cranach the Elder: Judith Victorious (1530ish)|
|Fede Galizia (1578-1630): Judith with the Head of Holofernes|
|Artemisia Gentieschi (1593-1656) : Judith Slaying Holofernes (approx 1612)|
|Judith and her Maidservant (1613ish)|
|Judith and her Maid with the Head of Holofernes (1612ish)|
|Judith Slaying Holofernes (1620ish)|
|Caravaggio: Judith Beheading Holfernes (1599ish)|
|Carlo Saraceni: Judith and the Head of Holfernes (1615)|
|August Riedel: Judith (1840)|
|Allori Cristofano: Judith with the Head of Holofernes (1613)|
|Gustav Klimt: Judith 1 (1901)|
|Franz Stuck: Judith (1924)|
|Theiss originals :-)|
|John William Godward: The Priestess (1895) There's an alternate version by the same artist here for those who like their priestesses softer and more nude.|
|Pedro Americo: Judith and Holofernes (1885)|
|James Tissot: Jael Smote Sisera, and Slew Him (1902)|
|James Northcote: Jael and Sisera (1787)|
|F. Luis Mora: Salome (1899)|
|Aubrey Beardsley: Salome (1893)|
|John Singer Sargent: Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth (1889)|
|John Collier: Clytemnestra (1882)|
|The statue of Boadicea at Westminster Bridge London - erected 1905|