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The Path to Paradise: Judith

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2010
28 x 45 in. (71.1 x 114.3 cm)

Judith Schaechter
American

Object Type: Glass
Medium and Support: Stained-glass panel
Credit Line: Toledo Museum of Art, Purchased with funds given by Ann W. Hartmann and Frank Snug, 2012.15
Accession Number: EX2020.DG1.12
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Location: Currently away on loan

Writhing on a chaise lounge, grasping her head as her legs splay open and her dress slips down below her breasts, this figure seems consumed by her environment. The settings for Schaechter’s figures, though, are not realistic spaces but reflections of the interior state of the character. Her figures close their eyes, not to shut out the world but to better “contemplate what it means to be alive and right at the crossroads of the material, sensual world and the fantastical inner Omniverse.”

Long interested in the commingling of ecstasy and agony, Schaechter's work acknowledges a woman’s sexual desires while insisting upon her spiritual value. The figure’s ecstatic pose and grimace reference Bernini’s famous baroque sculpture Ecstasy of St. Teresa.

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