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Michelangelo Buonarroti: Judith with the head of Holofernes

Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475 – 1564

Judith with the head of Holofernes

fresco (570 × 970 cm) — 1509 Museum Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

Michelangelo Buonarroti biography

This work is linked to Judith 13:9

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Judith and her maid have put Holofernes' head on a dish and are covering it with a cloth. The dead army leader lies to the right, his arms still seemingly struggling. The arms are in harmony with the sleeves of his armor, left.

This fresco is found in a corner of the Sistine Chapel, at the side of the entrance. In the other corner is the fresco with David killing Goliath, another episode of a Jewish hero killing an enemy.

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Title: Michelangelo Buonarroti: Judith with the head of Holofernes
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First published: 27 September 2005
Last modified: 29 February 2012