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Judith Beheading Holofernes :: Caravaggio

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Caravaggio (1571-1610) Judith Beheading Holofernes

Oil on canvas, c 1598 (145 x 195 cm)( 57,1 x 76,6 inch )

National Gallery of Ancient Art, Rome

Submitted by: marina51

Published: 27.10.2010



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DragonFly   User Rating: 24  October 13, 2017


Usually the heroine of this Bible plot was portrayed after she committed the murder. She kept her head cut off. But Caravaggio captures the moment when this terrible event is going. The head is still not cut off from the body. Holofernes' eyes completely rolled out of their orbits, and his mouth froze in a terrible scream. The artist fascinates the process itself. The picture is naturalistic, giving details of decapitation. Minor details of a physiological nature shock. This is also promoted by [Expand]

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