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de Sacchis Giovanni Antonio called Pordenone
(Pordenone 1484 - Ferrara 1539)

Formerly thought to be by Titian, the painting is now attributed to Pordenone, albeit with reservations. The composition is based on the expansion of the areas of colour, and is close to the Venetian tradition also in its perspective of the biblical heroine. The work portrays the widow Judith, who has just cut off Holofernes’ head and is dropping it into the bag held by her servant. Elegantly dressed according to the biblical tale, and turned toward the observer, the young woman is conscious of what she has just done to save her people from the army of the invader, Nebuchadnezzar (Book of Judith).

Object Details

Medium | oil on canvas, cm 95 x 78

Inventory | 91

Location | Room 20 – Psyche Room

Period | '500

Classification | painting