Peter Paul Rubens 1577 – 1640

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

oil on panel (120 × 111 cm) — c. 1616 Museum Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, Braunschweig

Peter Paul Rubens biography

This work is linked to Judith 13:9

Judith has just severed the head of the Assyrian warlord Holofernes with a sword. Her maid looks at it with a mixture of awe and horror. Not much later, the head would adorn the walls of Judith's besieged city, Bethulia.

Judith has often been used in art as an example of feminine courage but also of seduction.

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