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Judith with the Head of Holofernes, (painting)

Artist:
Reni, Guido 1642-1754
Medium:
Canvas
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 26
Born 1642; died at Bologna 1754; aged 68. Apocrypha, Judith XIII. 3. And Judith was left alone in the tent, and Holofernes lying upon his bed, for he was filled with wine. 4. Then Judith standing by his bed, said in her heart, O Lord God of all power, look at this present upon the work of mine hands, for the exaltation of Jerusalem. 5. For now is the time to help thine ineritance, and to execute mine enterprises, to the destruction of the enemies who are risen against us. 6. Then she came to the pillow of the bed which was at Holofernes' head, and took down his falchion from thence. 7. And approached to his bed, and took hold of the hair of his head, and said, Strengthen me, O Lord God of Israel, this day. 8. And she smote twice upon his neck with all her might, and she took away his head from him. Her attitude is devotion, with greatness of soul--returning thanks to God. The figure is extremely grand and majestic, possessing that super-human beauty for which he was so famed, united to the noble simplicity of the antique; it was said of him that he drew faces of paradise; and that the beauty of his heads have never been surpassed. . . . (On canvass--4 ft. 10 in. by 7 ft.) [P. 14.]
Catalogue of Paintings, by the Great Masters, including Specimens of the First Class, of the Italian, Venetian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French, and English Schools. It penetrates the inward recesses of the soul--even surpassing the power and force of eloquence.--Quintillian on the Art of Painting. Boston: Press of John H. Eastburn.
Topic:
Religion--Old Testament--Judith
Figure group
State of Being--Death--Execution
Literature--Bible
Religion--Old Testament--Holofernes
Control number:
AECI 01850026
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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