Shakespeare and the visual arts connect again!
|Judith and Holofernes|
The city begins to starve and is about to give in or forsake their God. A young widow named Judith decides to take matters into her own hands. She moves to Holofernes' camp, convinces him she is deserting the city. Holofernes finds himself warm for her form and invites her to dine with him. He gets raging drunk, Judith takes the moment and chops off his head and runs to the city, where she gets the army of Jerusalem and they storm the camp and kill everyone!
|This one is my favorite. Painted by Carravagio |
(that is his self-portrait as the face of Holofernes.)
In the art world, there seems to be a period of time to be obsessed with a story and everyone paints it. This same thing happened to the story of Judith and Holofernes.
Now, why did Shakespeare choose this namesake for a schoolteacher in his very light hearted play?
What is going to happen to Holofernes? I'm excited to see this play out.