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Giambattista Piazzetta - Judith and Holofernes
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Christian Berentz - The Elegant Snack
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Corsini Throne
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Orazio Gentileschi - Madonna and Child
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Guido Reni - Salome holding the head of John the Baptist
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Jusepe de Ribera - Venus and Adonis
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Peter Paul Rubens - Saint Sebastian Healed by Angels
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Luca Giordano - Christ among the Doctors
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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Saint John the Baptist
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Salvator Rosa - The Torture of Prometheus
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Jusepe de Ribera - The Denial of Saint Peter
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Bartolomé Esteban Murillo - The nursing Madonna
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Beato Angelico - Triptych with Ascension, Last Judgment, Pentecost
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Rosalba Carriera - Allegory of the Four Elements - Water, Air, Earth and Fire
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Hans Hoffmann - The hare
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Giovanni da Milano - Madonna and Child with Saints
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Antoon van Dyck - Madonna of the Straw
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Mattia Preti - The Tribute Money
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Jacopo Bassano - Adoration of the Shepherds
Giambattista Piazzetta - Judith and Holofernes
Christian Berentz - The Elegant Snack
Corsini Throne
Orazio Gentileschi - Madonna and Child
Guido Reni - Salome holding the head of John the Baptist
Jusepe de Ribera - Venus and Adonis
Peter Paul Rubens - Saint Sebastian Healed by Angels
Luca Giordano - Christ among the Doctors
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Saint John the Baptist
Salvator Rosa - The Torture of Prometheus
Jusepe de Ribera - The Denial of Saint Peter
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo - The nursing Madonna
Beato Angelico - Triptych with Ascension, Last Judgment, Pentecost
Rosalba Carriera - Allegory of the Four Elements - Water, Air, Earth and Fire
Hans Hoffmann - The hare
Giovanni da Milano - Madonna and Child with Saints
Antoon van Dyck - Madonna of the Straw
Mattia Preti - The Tribute Money
Jacopo Bassano - Adoration of the Shepherds

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Judith is the only female character to have a book dedicated to her in the Old Testament. The heroine, with a cunning stratagem, saves her people from the siege of an Assyrian army led by Holofernes. Pretending she means to betray the Jewish people, she is welcomed into the enemy encampment. After a sumptuous banquet, she stealthily approaches the bed where the general lies overcome by wine, and slays him with his own scimitar. While several artists focus on the grimmest moment of the episode, namely the beheading of Holofernes, Piazzetta depicts the instant immediately before it. Judith has loosed the knot that ties his scimitar, while with her other hand she draws aside the curtain around the bed. This gives the scene a strongly theatrical air: the curtain opens, letting the light falls on Judith, here represented as a refined woman of high rank, and reveals to the viewer a moment of suspense, marked by strong contrasts of light, while Holofernes’ body appears already haggard and lifeless.

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