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Gustav Klimt: Judith II (Salome)

Gustav Klimt 1862 – 1918

Judith II (Salome)

oil on canvas (178 × 46 cm) — 1909 Museum Galleria d'Arte Moderna - Cą Pesaro, Venice

This work is linked to Judith 13:9

For this version of Judith Klimt used a different style than in his 1901 Judith. This work tends to cubism, with all the colorful layers. But natural perspective is still present, contrary to cubist works.

Judith's glare is colder than in the 1901 version. But her overall posture still shows the satisfaction Klimt thinks she got from decapitating Holofernes.

The work is also known as Salome, after the stepdaughter who demanded and got the head of John the Baptist.

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Title: Gustav Klimt: Judith II (Salome)
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First published: 27 September 2005
Last modified: 27 January 2014