"Judith & Holofernes, Seventeenth Century School Of The Seventeenth Century Around 1630"Oil on poplar panel Beautiful frame XVIIth century Italian gilded wood pattern of acanthus leaves and winding (55 x 43 cm) On this painting of realistic vein, very good bill, we discover Judith out of a tent, with his sword in his right hand, and holding Holofernes's head with his hair. This very popular subject at that time inspired a large number of painters and the one who executed our painting was very influenced by Guido Reni (1575-1642), it must be said that he deeply marked the painting in Bologna where he settles at the peak of its success in 1614. The Biblical Narrative: Nebuchadnezzar II sent Holofernes to chastise the peoples of the west because they refused to support him in the war he waged against the Persian king Arphaxad. After plundering, killing and ravaging throughout the Near East, Holofernes besieges Bethulia (probably Massalah) who blocks a passage in the mountains of Judea. As the water runs out, the locals are about to surrender, but a young widow, Judith, of extraordinary beauty and considerable wealth, makes the decision to save the city. With her servant and jugs of wine she enters the camp of Holofernes; the latter is immediately bewitched by the beauty and intelligence of this woman; he organizes in his honor a grand banquet at the end of which his servants withdraw quietly not to disturb the night of love which, they think, awaits their master. But she continues to intoxicate him and, when he is unable to defend himself, she decapitates him with the help of his servant and returns to Bethulia with the head. When the soldiers discover in the morning their murdered leader, they are panicked: some flee and the others are easily defeated. Very nice condition, note a recent cleaning and refinishing Sold with invoice & certificate.