Judith with a sword holding the head of Holofernes

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Judith with a sword holding the head of Holofernes. Coloured lithograph by F Hanfstaengel after A Varotari, il Padovanino. Bible, Apocrypha, Book of Judith. Judith, a beautiful Judean widow, infiltrates the camp of the Assyrian army that is besieging her city and seduces the chief captain, Holofernes. She beheads him after he has collapsed into a drunken sleep. Head. Beheading. Swords. Murder. Deception. Women in Judaism. Heroines in literature. Women heroes. Judith (Biblical figure). Holofernes (Biblical figure). Contributors: Padovanino (1588–1648); Franz Hanfstaengl (1804–1877). Work ID: d3atguxy.

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