Title: Judith Holding Holofernes' Head
Artist: Botticelli (Sandro Filipepi)
Medium: Oil and Tempera on Panel
Copyright: Public Domain
Judith and her servant leave the tent of the enemy warlord Holofernes. The pious widow had used her good looks to deceive the warlord, in order to eliminate the man whose troops were beseiging her city. Technically, this is a sub-standard work by Botticelli. Compare it with this older version. Judith's torso seems to long while her head is too small. When he made this panel, Botticelli had become a supporter of the reform movement led by Savonarola.