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Artemisia Gentileschi: Judith Beheading Holofernes (Uffizi)

Artemisia Gentileschi 1593 – 1656

Judith Beheading Holofernes (Uffizi)

oil on canvas (199 × 162 cm) — c. 1620 Museum Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Artemisia Gentileschi biography

This work is linked to Judith 13:9

This is Gentileschi's second take on the subject. The composition is almost similar to that of her 1612 version. Here too the many arms, Judith's cool concentration, and the struggling Holofernes who is kept down by Judith's maid.

The main difference is that this painting is even more gruesome, because of the blood spurting from Holofernes's neck.

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