Judith and Her Maidservant (Detroit)

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Judith and Maidservant with Head of Holofernes
Artemisia Gentileschi Judith Maidservant DIA.jpg
ArtistArtemisia Gentileschi Edit this on Wikidata
Yearc. 1623–1625
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions72.44 in (184.0 cm) × 55.75 in (141.6 cm)
Accession No.52.253 Edit this on Wikidata

Judith and Her Maidservant is a painting by the Italian baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi. Executed in the 1620s, it hangs in the Detroit Institute of Arts.[1] The narrative is taken from the deuterocanonical Book of Judith, in which Judith seduces and then murders the general Holofernes. The precise moment depicted has taken place after the murder when her maidservant places the severed head in a bag, while Judith checks around her. It is one of three paintings that Gentileschi painted of the same moment in the story.[2] The other two were painted earlier in her career, and now hang in Museo di Capodimonte in Naples and the Musee de la Castre, Cannes. [3]

The 2001 catalogue related to the exhibition of Artemisia Gentileschi and her father Orazio remarked that "the painting is generally recognized as Artemisia's finest work".[2]


  1. ^ "Artemisia Gentileschi: Judith and Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes (52.253) — The Detroit Institute of Arts". www.dia.org. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  2. ^ a b Christiansen, Keith; Mann, Judith Walker (2001-01-01). Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi. New York; New Haven: Metropolitan Museum of Art ; Yale University Press. p. 368. ISBN 1588390063.
  3. ^ Locker, Jesse M. (2015). Artemisia Gentileschi: The Language of Painting. New Haven, Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300185119.