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Fanatica

Fanatica

2005

Raúl Eduardo Stolkiner

(Argentine, b. 1957)

Chromogenic print

Overall: 104 x 78.6 cm (40 15/16 x 30 15/16 in.)

Gift of RES 2019.158

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In the biblical story, Judith saved her people by seducing and beheading the Assyrian general Holofernes.

Description

The title of the photograph, which is based on Artemisia Gentileschi’s painting of Judith Slaying Holofernes, c. 1614-20, suggests a different slant than the biblical version. Viewing the violent act before us, it is not hard to imagine Judith, traditionally seen as a heroine, as the fanatic, “a person exhibiting excessive enthusiasm and intense uncritical devotion toward some controversial matter (as in religion or politics).”

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Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph
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Gift of RES

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