publication . Article . 2006

Juditos ir Salomėjos mitologinių įvaizdžių metamorfozė: nuo antitezės iki sintezės = The metamorphosis of Judith's and Salome's mythological images: from antithesis to synthesis

Jekentaitė-Kuzmickienė, Leonarda;
Open Access Lithuanian
  • Published: 01 Jan 2006 Journal: Acta litteraria comparativa, volume 2,006, pages 137-147 (issn: 1822-5608, Copyright policy)
Abstract
The famous representative of the Vienna Secession, Gustav Klimt, painted two pictures that show a beautiful woman holding a man’s head in her hand. The paintings are called Judith I and Judith II, but sometimes one of them is called ‘Salome’. This article uses Biblical mythology as the basis of an analysis of the paradoxical coalescing of these two different characters. Judith – a Jewish heroine – has seduced and killed Holofern to save her nation from inevitable destruction. In the Old Testament she is called “the instrument of God” chosen to protect “God’s chosen people” and in this context she is compared to Moses. Whereas Salome, the immoral step-daughter of...
Subjects
free text keywords: Lithuania ; Judith ; Salome ; Femme fatale ; Eros ; Tanathos ; Psychoanalysis ; G.Klimt
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