Artemesia Gentileschi, Judith and the maid with the head of Holofernes, Pitti Palace, Florence

An ode to Judith with the Head of Holofernes – 08/2/11

Gentileschi depicted three faces

in a quite economical space as

though they’d been disturbed

(they look fairly perturbed

as they rush to hide murderous traces.)


The painting is Artemesia Gentileschi’s ‘Judith with her Maidservant’ painted 1613-14 and hanging in the Pitti Palace. The story of the beautiful widow Judith beheading the Assyrian General Holofernes, who was about to destroy her native town of Bethulia, was a favourite subject for Gentileschi.

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2 responses to “Arty Limerick! Another poetic treat by Harriet Israel”

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  2. I enjoyed both of your limericks! I run weekly Limerick-Off contests and would love to see you there. 🙂

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