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Judith withe the Head of Holofernes, ca. 1808 - 1834

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 266 x 219 mm
  • Inv. 2014-SC

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Florentine artist Cristofano Allori's most famous painting, created between 1610 and 1612, became an immediate success and was widely copied, thanks in part to the popularity of the legend of the biblical heroine Judith, which the artist interpreted autobiographically; Holofernes' decapitated head is a self-portrait while his beloved Mazzafirra is depicted in the beautiful face of the young woman, whose extraordinarily luxurious clothing is a direct tribute to the city's thriving textile industry. This is one of many prints that were made after the painting, which is in the Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence.


Lambertus Antonius Claessens RKD
Antwerp 1763 - Rueil-Malmaison 1834
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Cristoforo Allori RKD
Florence 1577 - Florence 1621

Title Judith withe the Head of Holofernes
Date ca. 1808 - 1834
Period 19th century
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
reproductive prints AAT
Inventory number 2014-SC
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/2014-SC
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/8887/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31A221 head (human) Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA231 standing figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
41A191 tent Iconclass
41A421 curtains Iconclass
41D266 ornaments, jewels Iconclass
41D2666 diadem, tiara Iconclass
42F51 maid ~ house personnel Iconclass
45C13(SWORD) hacking and thrusting weapons: sword Iconclass
45D313 private soldier Iconclass
46AA1262 Judith (one of the nine worthiest women) Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
71 Old Testament Iconclass
71U the book of Judith Iconclass
71U4273 Holofernes beheaded by Judith with his own sword; the maidservant may be keeping watch Iconclass
71U42731 Judith with Holofernes' head and the sword Iconclass
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