Friday, December 2, 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016


Remember that your life is only in the fulfilment of the will of your Goddess. you can unquestionably fulfil Her will only by developing your submission. you can only develop your submission by observing worthlessness in your animal life, humbleness in your civil life, and endless love in your dream life. To observe your worthlessness you need pain, for humbleness you need humiliation, for love you need mercy of your Goddess...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Two Judiths from Caravaggio

It has been announced that painting discovered two years ago in Toulouse is (most probably) really the long lost Caravaggio's original second version of Judith beheading Holofernes.
Judith beheading Holofernes, 1st Version, 1598/99
The first version of the paining from 1598/99 remains to be one of the most violent and naturalistic rendering of the scene. It is also considered to be revolutionary not only for its dramatic realism, but more for psychological presence of the characters. Caravaggio followed 16th century theory of contrapposto (contrast of age, sex, and appearance) in the painting - his idealised Judith is young, beautiful and very Feminine, realistic Holofernes is middle aged and virile and Judith's maid, Abra, is elderly and wheather-beaten to caricature. Judith seems to be emotionless and fully focused on the act and somehow mysterious. Holofernes, still alive, in pain and surprised, screams in protest. Abra eagerly awaiting the head.
Judith beheading Holofernes, 2nd Version, 1604/05
Judith in second version is still calm, facing us and looking to our eyes, and both, Abra and Holofernes, are looking to Her, Holofernes in horror, but Abra with endless admiration. Whole composition seems to be more compact and coherent, although Judith herself lost Her angelic and guileless face, She is now more experienced Woman.
Luis Finson, around 1607
Fore more then 300 years this later version has been known only from copy of Flemish painter Luis Finson, who reportedly owned the painting in 1607. The painting was found at the attic of a private house in France in April 2014, but kept in secret until now. In only came to light a couple of days ago. The first version is currently on display in Rome, hopefully we will be able to see the second version soon also.