Judith Slaying Holofernes

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Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the rare female painters from the baroque period, gained the respect of her male peers by being able to infuse her work with a lot of emotion. After being abused by her tutor, Agostino Tassi, she painted many scenes of female empowerment where women overpower men. Here, we’re taking a loot at Judith Slaying Holofrenes, which was also depicted by Caravaggio only ten years earlier. Comparing Caravaggio and Gentileschi’s depections of this story allows to better appreciate the emotional charge with which Gentileschi made her painting.

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