An ode to Judith with the Head of Holofernes – 08/2/11
Gentileschi depicted three faces
in a quite economical space as
though they’d been disturbed
(they look fairly perturbed
as they rush to hide murderous traces.)
The painting is Artemesia Gentileschi’s ‘Judith with her Maidservant’ painted 1613-14 and hanging in the Pitti Palace. The story of the beautiful widow Judith beheading the Assyrian General Holofernes, who was about to destroy her native town of Bethulia, was a favourite subject for Gentileschi.
Please send us your arty poems – we’d love to see and share them with our followers! Email firstname.lastname@example.org