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Giorgione: Judith with Holofernes' Head

Giorgione 1477 – 1510

Judith with Holofernes' Head

oil on canvas (144 × 66 cm) — c. 1504 Museum Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Giorgione biography

This work is linked to Judith 13:9

Judith poses with the head of Holofernes under her foot. Holofernes was the enemy warlord she decapitated with the sword in her right hand.

Giorgione originally painted this work on a wooden panel. In 1893 the painting was transfered to canvas.

The statue of David that the sculptor Donatello made in 1440 may have served as an example.

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