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Judith with the Head of Holophernes

Judith with the Head of Holophernes

Anoniem (in circa 1500-1525)

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The beautiful Judith dressed seductively when she planned to kill the enemy generall Holofernes. She plied him with liquor and beheaded him when he was asleep. The story of the pious widow is one of the few in the Bible where a woman overpowers a man. The story has inspired many artists. This drawing probably documents the composition of a lost painting by Mantegna.

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Title Judith with the Head of Holophernes
Material and technique Pen and brush and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 339 mm
Width 233 mm
Artists Maker: Anoniem
Omgeving van: Andrea Mantegna
Accession number I 488 (PK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1940 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1940
Age artist Unknown
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Exhibitions De Collectie Twee - wissel IX, Prenten & Tekeningen (2011)
Rondom Fra Bartolommeo (2016)
Tekeningen uit eigen bezit, 1400-1800 (1952)
Erasmus in beeld (2008)
Material
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Technique
Highlight > Painting technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin Italy > Southern Europe > Europe

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