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Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Artist: Fede Galizia (Italian, 1578 – 1630)

Date: 1596
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image: 47 1/2 × 37 in. (120.7 × 94 cm)
Frame: 56 7/16 × 45 15/16 × 2 3/4 in. (143.3 × 116.7 × 7 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Polak, 1969
Object number: SN684
On View: Art Museum Gallery 08
About this ObjectFede Galizia is one of the earliest female artists in the Ringling collection. The daughter of a miniaturist painter from Trento, she lived and worked primarily in Milan. A successful portraitist, she also received commissions for several altarpieces. The figure of Judith, taken from the Apocryphal Book of Judith, is elaborately dressed and bejeweled. She wears a stoic expression as she displays the head of Holofernes, the Assyrian military leader and enemy of her people, whom she seduced and killed. Abra, Judith's maid, recedes into shadows as she contemplates their exit.
Possibly Galleria Sabauda or Palazzo Reale, Turin. Possibly Hinman, Maine. Possibly Logan Smith, Sarasota. Jacob and Eva Polak, Sarasota, Florida; gift in 1969 to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida.
More Information
Inscribed:On the blade of Judith’s knife: FEDE GALITIA./1596
Signed: Location: SWORD BLADE
Exhibition History:Dangerous Women- Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Feb. 1-May 27, 2018, and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Sept. 8-Dec. 30, 2018. Italian Women Artists from in the Renaissance to Baroque: Commerce, Court and Convent Displayed at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC Organized by sVo Art, Paris
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