Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes


Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes, c. 1623–25, oil on canvas, 187.2 x 142 cm (Detroit Institute of Arts)

Important terms to know:

  • woman artist
  • Baroque art
  • tenebrism

Additional resources:

Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes (Uffizi) at the Google Art Project

Violence and Virtue: Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes (from the Art Institute of Chicago)

Mary D. Garrard, Artemisia Gentileschi and Feminism in Early Modern Europe (London: Reaktion Books, 2020)

Jesse M. Locker, Artemisia Gentileschi: The Language of Painting (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2021)

Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2001)

Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes," in Smarthistory, February 9, 2021, accessed April 18, 2021, https://smarthistory.org/artemisia-gentileschi-judith-and-her-maidservant-with-the-head-of-holofernes/.