Judith and the Head of Holofernes

Judith and the Head of Holofernes

The model for the painting was Adele Bloch-Bauer who also posed for Klimt as the Woman in Gold.
The theme of Judith and Holofernes inspired hundreds of works of art. Klimt’s version is probably the only version that does not depict any blood, sword or heroism that was commonly a theme in other versions.
The painting is considered as the beginning of Gustav Klimt’s golden period when he used gold prominently in his paintings.


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More about Judith and the Head of Holofernes
Judith and the Head of Holofernes was based on the apocryphal Book of the Judith. According to the book, An Assyrian general named Holofernes was about to destroy Judith’s city. Holofernes’ desire for Judith gives her the chance to serve him with wine until he passes out. She was then able to decapitate him with his own sword. Klimt’s version depicts Judith with a satisfied look on her face as she strokes the hair of Holofernes. The fig trees and the vine stock behind her are based on an Assyrian relief on the Palace of Sennacherib. The painting is currently at the Austrian Gallery Belvedere in Vienna.

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