Judith with the Head of Holofernes
  • Judith with the Head of Holofernes

    TitleJudith with the Head of Holofernes
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 118 x 94 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 145 x 118 x 11 cm
  • DatingMade early 1650s
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Bernardo Cavallino, Italian, born 1616, dead ca 1656
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 80
  • AcquisitionGift 1864 Karl XV
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1621 17th century
  • Description
    Images and media

    A moment shown as if in flashlight was a recurrent device in Neapolitan painting. Judging from her half-open mouth and stooping posture, the Biblical heroine Judith is exhausted (or possibly ecstatic) after having severed the head of the general Holofernes, which she just has placed beside her. The sword is partly hidden in the folds of her garment. On its grip Bernardo Cavallino has signed the painting with his initials.