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Artemisia Gentileschi’s "Judith Beheading Holofernes" (Essay Sample)


view the painting Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Beheading Holofernes, c. 1612. Answer the following in essay form using. 1. What is the content of this painting? Explain the story of Judith and Holofernes. 2. What does this picture teach us in regard to morality? Is what Judith is doing morally right? Why or why not? 3. Explain the context of the author in regards to this picture. Who is she? Why does she choose this subject matter? How does this information about this authoress change the way you view this painting?


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Judith Beheading Holofernes
Context of the Painting
The art depicts a Biblical story whereby Judith went into the encampment of Holofernes who was the leader of the enemy army. Judith and her people had been under siege and needed a heroic act to free them. Therefore, she feigned to want to make a deal and forge an alliance, but it was all pretense. She dressed to her best, that she impressed the general. The general let her guard down and after drinking and eating, the drunk general fell asleep handing Judith an opportunity to strike. Judith struck the general as he slept, slicing into his throat, with the act freeing her

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