Thursday, June 30, 2011

Of Judith and Kiri, Kiri, Kiri

Directly in front of me, behind the monitor and hanging on the wall, is Gustav Klimt's Judith I. It's a depiction of Judith, holding the head of Holofernes, and Hell knows from where the lovely, framed print came. Here it be:

The story of Judith comes from the Old Testament and, instead of ruining it I'll simply quote the Vatican web site. They seem to know a lot about Catholic canon:

The Old Testament narrates the episode of Judith who saved her city of Bethulia from the siege of Holofernes, general of the Assyrian king Nabucodonosor, by killing him after a banquet at which he had been made drink, beheading him and bringing his head to his fellow citizens (Judith ch. 10-13).

Judith, being beautiful as all get out, used Holofernes' lust for her against him and became Judith the Denogginizer when he passed out. It's a great story. Here, in my half-assed opinion, is a more compelling depiction of the scene, by Franz von Stuck:

What a wonderful expression is on her face, in both pieces.

There are many examples, in art, literature and life, which tell us that women are very dangerous, and will use your wang against you.

Have you seen, The Audition? Beautiful young woman attracts man to a horrific, mind-blowing death. Actually, many men. His interest in her, expressed in a simple phone call, clearly made her day. Some unfinished business lies in the background, as seen in this, "red band" trailer seen here.

And a lovely scene here. Mercifully cut before eye-balls get involved.

In my weak little mind, The Audition and the Story of Judith travel together.

That's all I got.

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