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Judith slaying Holofernes
English: Cast of Judith and Holofernes

1893, the original 1460
Donatello (about 1386-1466)
Italy, Florence
Cast by Orazio Lelli

Plaster cast taken from original bronze group of Judith and Holfernes, in the Palazzo della Singoria (Palazzo Vecchio), Florence.

The subject is taken from the Old Testament book of Judith. The King of Nineveh, sends his general Holofernes to subdue the Jews. The latter besieges them in Bethulia. Famine undermines the courage of the besieged and they contemplate surrender, but Judith, a widow, claims that she will deliver the city. She goes into the camp of the Assyrians and captivates Holofernes by her beauty, and finally takes advantage of the general's intoxication to cut off his head. She returns inviolate to the city with his head as a trophy. Thestory is thought to be an allegorical interpretation of Humility triumphing over Pride.

Collection ID: REPRO.1893-486

This photo was taken as part of Britain Loves Wikipedia in February 2010 by art_traveller.

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