Sometimes you're into it, sometimes you're not, but no matter how you feel about this Valentine's Day, we have curated an entire Anti-Valentines Day collection of one of the most iconic images of the Baroque movement:
Judith Slaying Holofernes by the astonishing Artemesia Gentileschi.
The idea of a woman dominating over a man became a powerful Art theme of the Baroque period (Artemesia Gentileschi was one of the few recognized Women Artists of the time creating this magnificent and violent work), making the Biblical tale of Judith a popular source of inspiration. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Judith decapitated Assyrian general Holofernes after he who was planning on destroying Judith's home of Bethulia. He found her desirable, inviting her back to his tent, but passed out from drinking before he could pursue his interests. Judith decapitated the general in his drunken stupor, taking his head away in a basket after the deed.Lord God, to whom all strength belongs, prosper what my hands are now to do for the greater glory of Jerusalem; for now is the time to recover your heritage and to further my plans to crush the enemies arrayed against us. — Judith’s prayer before beheading Holofernes (Judith 13:4-5)
An anti-valentine's day tale if there ever was. Check out our new collection here.
Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY This print file comes from Wellcome Images, this file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. This art print is our reworking and retouching (to adapt the work) of this print file.