judith Painting - Story of Judith and Holofernes

Judith - Leaving the tent of Holofernes
Judith and Holofernes - Judith with Holoferne's head leaving the tent

Judith painting - Judith and Holoferners

The Book of Judith is part of the catholic Old Testament of the Bible. It is the non-historical story of Judith a rich and honored widow of a jewish city that is besieged by the assyrian warlord Holofernes (Holophernes) and his army. Unlike her fellow citicens she is determined to fight the enemy. Accompanied by her maid she goes to HOloferne's camp and - offering him her services as a spy - eventually gains his trust and access to his tent. One night when Holofernes is drunk, she *** him and manages to leave the camp with his head. Seeing what she has accomplished, the inhabitants of her city regain their fighting spirit. The assyrians, realising that they have lost their leader, flee and the besieged city is saved. Judith is a symbol of courage and cunning, a strong determined woman and heroine and a 'femme fatale'.

Famous artists with paintings of Judith

Sandro Botticelli, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Giorgio Vasari, Artemisia Gentileschi, Michelangelo Caravaggio, Gustav Klimt, Franz von Stuck

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The book of Judith - Paintings of Judith