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Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Gerrit Pietersz. (in 1605)

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The story of Judith was especially popular in the 17th century and was depicted countless times. During the siege of the biblical city of Bethulia by the Assyrian general Holofernes, the rich widow Judith and her handmaiden entered the enemy camp. Holofernes attempted to seduce her but drank too much and fell asleep. Judith cut off his head and mounted it on the city walls causing the Assyrians to flee.

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Title Judith with the Head of Holofernes
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 107,5 cm
Height 122,5 cm
Artists Painter: Gerrit Pietersz.
Previously attributed: Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem
Accession number St 160
Credits Loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 1998
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1998
Creation date in 1605
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Place of manufacture Amsterdam > North Holland > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Gerrit Pietersz.

Amsterdam 1566 - Amsterdam 1608/1612

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