Judith with the Head of Holofernes
(Rome 1566 - 1644)
The painting was commissioned from Baglione by Cardinal Scipione when the artist was working on the grand Borghese projects.
Judith, the protagonist of the scene, is portrayed as the heroine of classical mythology, proud and obedient to her destiny as recounted in the Old Testament (Book of Judith 13, 1-10). She has just beheaded Holofernes, the terrible commander of Nebuchadnezzar’s army. Next to her, painted with realism, is her elderly maid, Abra, ready to take the macabre booty.
Medium | oil on canvas, cm 220 x 150
Inventory | 15
Room 8 – Silenus Room
Period | '600
Classification | painting