Judith Beheading Holofernes

* Artist: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: circa 1598

It is interesting to compare Caravagio’s work with a later work by Gentileschi. Gentileschi’s version is a lot more visceral, with more blood, greater detail, and a more determined expression on Judith’s face. In Caravaggio’s depiction, Judith is of slight figure and bears an almost reluctant expression; despite the setting, there is little physical violence. By contrast, in the Gentileschi version, Holofernes holds the collar of Judith’s aide, holding her at bay.