Giudith and Holofernes

Lavinia FontanaSecond half of the 16th century - first half of the 17th century

Pinacoteca Stuard

Pinacoteca Stuard
Parma, Italy

Large oil painting depicting Judith in the act of putting the head of Holofernes into the sack held by her handmaid. The attribution of the painting to Lavinia Fontana was proposed by Cirillo and Godi in 1987. Previously, the swung between the Cremona area and the Bolognese area of ​​Giulio Cesare Procaccini (Longhi verbally suggested Camillo). The most recent attribution to Lavinia seems to be the most authoritative and it is the most accepted by the critic. Judith seems to be a self-portrait of the painter if it is compared with the Self-portrait of the Academy of San Luca in Rome.


  • Title: Giudith and Holofernes
  • Creator: Lavinia Fontana
  • Date Created: Second half of the 16th century - first half of the 17th century
  • Location Created: Room 8, Pinacoteca Stuard
  • Physical Dimensions: cm. 170 x 210
  • Rights: Sistema Museale di Parma
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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