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Art on Sunday: special Reader Request Month edition!

Michael Wohlgemut (1434–1519) and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff (c. 1450–1494)
Judith and Holofernes (from the Nuremberg Chronicle, Folio LXIXr)
Woodblock print on paper

Judith and HolofernesJudith and Holofernes
Judith and HolofernesJudith and Holofernes
Morse Library, Beloit College, Beloit, Wis.

One of my concerns about Reader Request Month was that, given the large number of requests, I would still be doing it when the first day of Advent rolled around. That's why I started fulfilling requests a week early. Well, that and that it was easier than thinking of list topics on my own.

So you could say it was the Spirit if Christmas that led me to run a Google image search on the Biblical character Judith, whom rustydog had wanted to see in a list. I hope she will find this fine woodblock print of Judith admiring the head of Holofernes, an Assyrian general whom she seduced and decapitated, an adequate substitute for a list.

Check out this site for more information on the Nuremberg Chronicle, the book in which this print appears.


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