Botticelli ca. 1445 – 1510

Judith Returns to Bethulia

oil on panel (29 × 22 cm) — c. 1470 Museum Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio

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This work is linked to Judith 13:10

Still holding the sword she used for the decaptivation, Judith returns to her home town. Her maid carries poor Holofernes's head.

The subject of the strong widow who saves her city was popular among Florentine artists and their patrons. Botticelli painted it at least twice. This panel ended up in Cincinnati. A similar panel is in the collection of the Uffizi in Florence.

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