Another set of comparisons between images with a common subject matter. This time: the biblical tableau of Judith and Holofernes! I love depictions of this scene. It’s a pleasant bit of evil to see a woman inflicting the violence for once.
Depictions are split between the actual beheading and the triumphal head-displaying; I favored the first one, but have included my favorite sassy head-trophy interpretation.
Paolo & Francesca from Dante’s Inferno: depictions of the lovers reading a dirty book and falling victim to temptation, shortly before being murdered and subsequently finding themselves damned for, you know. Kissing.
If you want to see them writhing together, borne aloft on the winds of Hell, forever intertwined, well, that’s another Google image search.
In all the ways that count, Matisse was a wonderful cartoonist.
When it comes to his paintings, I always end up thinking of Maira Kalman’s work.