ART-111-224N NELSON

Judith and Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi (1620-1621) is an oil painting on canvas. It is a large painting; roughly 5.3ft wide by 6.5Ft tall. It has many of key characteristics of a Baroque period painting; Extremely dramatic subject matter, deep rich colors and tones (particularly in the cloth), and dynamic lighting that brings the subjects out from the dark background. The scene is depicting the famous biblical execution of Holofernes, an Assyrian general, by Judith after she sneaks into his camp and seduces him. There is not a lot of subtle symbolism, one thing that does stand out is the expensive looking bedding, particularly the velvety red that is often used to indicate the status or power.

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