Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes

Artemisia Gentileschi Italian, 1593-1653 (?)

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This impressive composition ranks among the masterpieces executed by Artemisia Gentileschi, daughter of the painter Orazio Gentileschi and a strong woman who, against all odds, established herself as a respected painter. The subject is executed with a directness that sets it apart from many other contemporary renditions. The theatrical lighting of the scene echoes in many respects the works of the northern followers of Caravaggio, who had specialized in such effects, while the intense realism of the scene is close to Caravaggio himself.

Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes


Artemisia Gentileschi

1593-1653 (?)



Oil on canvas

Unframed: 73 11/16 × 55 7/8 × 1 5/16 inches (187.2 × 142 × 3.3 cm) Framed: 90 1/2 × 72 1/2 × 8 1/2 inches (229.9 × 184.2 × 21.6 cm) Weight 276 lbs


European Painting

Gift of Mr. Leslie H. Green


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1952, Prince Brancaccio (Rome, Italy)

(Alessandro Morandotti, Rome, Italy) and (Adolph Loewi, New York, New York, USA) co-owners

1952, purchased by Leslie H. Green [d.1973] (Bloomfield, Michigan, USA)

1952-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes, ca.1623-1625, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mr. Leslie H. Green, 52.253.

Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes
Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes