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Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

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This painting shows the Jewish heroine Judith, whose story is told in the Apocrypha of the Bible. This grieving widow put on her best clothes and seduced Holofernes, the officer commanding the troops who were violently threatening her fellow citizens. Once he had succumbed to her advances, she beheaded him with a sword. She is depicted here, in all her finery, displaying Holofernes' head in triumph.

The Burrell Collection


Date

1530

Medium

oil on panel

Measurements

H 76.7 x W 55.8 cm

Accession number

35.671

Acquisition method

purchased by the Trustees of the Burrell Collection with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Art Fund, 1995

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

signed/dated


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