About this artwork
Since the Renaissance the biblical story of the wily widow Judith’s slaying of the Assyrian general Holofernes appeared in a multitude of artworks. Yet rarely has the narrative been shown in full. These Philip Galle engravings tell much more of the story, from the hatching of the diabolical Assyrian plot to conquer the Israelites to the moment Holofernes’s body is discovered. The members of the prolific Galle family of printmakers were effective at translating Maarten van Heemskerck’s heroically muscular style into print.
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- Prints and Drawings
- Philip Galle
- Judith Addressing the Elders of Bethulia, plate three from The Story of Judith and Holofernes
- Engraving in black on ivory laid paper
- Inscribed in plate, in image, lower center: "MHEEM. IN."; in plate, in image, lower left: "3"; printed in plate, below image: "STVLTITIAE POPVLVM ACCVSAT, PRAESCRIBERE COELO AVSVM, HAVRIT QVE DEVM IVDITH SVB PECTORE SVPPLEX"
- 202 x 248 mm (image); 204 x 250 mm (plate); 233 x 284 mm (sheet)
- Gift of Ursula and R. Stanley Johnson in honor of Douglas Druick