Daily Rome Shot 281

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About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. acardnal says:

    I think Jael delivered the point.

  2. Andrew says:

    Tulit itaque Jahel uxor Haber clavum tabernaculi, assumens pariter et malleum et ingressa abscondite et cum silentio, posuit supra tempus capitis ejus clavum …

  3. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    As far as I can see, the pillar does say, ‘ARETEMITA LOMI/FACIBAT/MDCXX’, so I presume this is Roman by virtue of having been painted there, as I cannot easily find there are multiple versions or copies, but read that the painting in now in Budapest – or has it been lent for an exhibition in Rome, as well?

  4. Venerator: I saw it in an Artemesia exhibit in Rome not long ago.

    Striking image, no?

  5. InFormationDiakonia says:

    This is a great story in the Old Testament Book of Judges and historically, scholars state it is one of the oldest around 12th century before Christ. A striking image indeed Father Z!

  6. Yes, striking. I love depictions of this scene; Judith is my Old Testament lady-hero.

  7. Semper Gumby says:

    acardnal: Point well taken.

  8. FrNigel says:

    youngcatholicgirl: It is Jael, but another great Old Testament lady-hero.

  9. Venerator Sti Lot says:


    It is!

    It sent me checking for Jael operas – of which (Wikipedia tells me) there are at least a couple, and an oratorio… I’ll have to try YouTube, next…

    And the handy Wikipedia ‘List of works by Artemisia Gentileschi’ has links to two paintings of ‘Judith Slaying Holofernes’ and four of ‘Judith and Her Maidservant’.
    (But the iconography of her painting of St. Lot and his daughters saddens me…)

  10. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Well, on YouTube there are various recordings of Handel’s oratorio, Deborah (1733), which includes Jael killing Sisera; there are a couple excerpts from Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi’s Debora e Sisara (1788, a sacred opera for Lent); there are numerous excerpts from Simon Mayr’s 1793 Latin oratorio, Sisera; and there is a complete recording of Ildebrando Pizzetti’s opera, Dèbora e Jaéle (1922) (the libretto of which, Wikipedia tells us, “differs in several ways from the traditional Biblical account, primarily in the motivations of its characters and the relationships between them”!).

    I can’t help thinking there must be more operas and oratorios about Jael, but I have not figured out how to find them, if so.

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