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Title: Judith Slaying Holofernes

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Subject: History
Author: Mildred M
Date: April 19, 2012
Level: University
Grade: A
Length: 6 / 1720
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In comparison with other contemporary versions, the composition, dramatic style, and emotions of the characters present a violently feminist view that may have stemmed from Gentileschi's own experiences. Judith Slaying Holofernes1, by Artemisia Gentileschi, is an oil painting and was completed in 1620...

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It retells the Old Testament story of Judith, a Jewish widow of noble rank. An Assyrian general, Holofernes, had laid siege to the Israelite town of Bethulia. Judith used her beauty to meet Holofernes and soon after he arranged for them to dine together. During the meal Holofernes became increasingly drunk, and with the help of her maid, Judith used his sword to behead him...

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