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Judith with the Head of Holofernes

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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

Date:

n.d.

Artist:

Marco San Martino
Italian, 1615/25-1680/1700

About this artwork

This wiry, animated etching of the moment just after Judith has decapitated Holofernes was produced by Marco San Martino, a little-known painter and printmaker of the Italian Baroque. The image draws much of its strength from its contrasts: Judith’s exposed breast and the bed-curtain emphasize her seductiveness, while her drawn sword reinforces her violent efficiency. Voids above the decapitated general’s body and beneath his dangling left arm evoke his disorienting inebriation and subsequent, violent end. Enveloped in her swirling robes, Judith has Holofernes’s head well in hand and is ready for the swift journey to her home, Bethulia, where she was rightly welcomed as a hero.

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Artist

Marco San Martino

Title

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Origin

Italy

Date

1635–1700

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

192 × 150 mm (image/plate); 212 × 163 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

Reference Number

2013.163

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