Judith Addressing the Elders of Bethulia, plate three from The Story of Judith and Holofernes

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1564

Artist:

Philip Galle (Netherlandish, 1537-1612)
after Maarten van Heemskerck (Dutch, 1498-1574)

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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Artist

Philip Galle

Title

Judith Addressing the Elders of Bethulia, plate three from The Story of Judith and Holofernes

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1564

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

202 x 248 mm (image); 204 x 250 mm (plate); 233 x 284 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Ursula and R. Stanley Johnson in honor of Douglas Druick

Reference Number

2011.1077

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