Judith with the Head of Holophernes

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

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In this Biblical tale updated for medieval audiences, Judith and her maid Salome place the head of a recently decapitated Holofernes in a bag. We see the body of Holofernes in a tent immediately behind the two and a violent battle to the left in the background. The pairing of the two scenes metaphorically illustrates the brutality of war.

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