Judith shows Holofernes’ head (Judith muestra la cabeza de Holofernes)

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Judith shows Holofernes’ head (Judith muestra la cabeza de Holofernes)
In the tapestry completing the series, Judith shows the head of Holofernes to the inhabitants of Bethulia. The feat has been achieved and the danger of invasion has vanished.

On her return from the Assyrian camp, Judith shows the head of General Holofernes, which her handmaid had carried hidden in a pouch, to Oziah and the surprised inhabitants of Bethulia (Judith 13, 14-20): ‘taking the head of Holofernes from the bag, she displayed it to them, saying: ‘Behold, the head of Holofernes’. At such sight, ‘all the people were wonderfully astonished, and bowed themselves and worshipped God’.

The tapestry shows once again the astonished people of Bethulia gathered around their heroine, who holds the head of Holofernes in her hand, while we can see the pouch where it had been hidden on the ground. The exaggerated gestures of the characters clearly portray the surprised attitude narrated by the biblical text, thus perfectly matching image to narration.


Series The Book of Judith

Ninth tapestry in the series

Manufacture Netherlands, Brussels?, 2nd half of the 16th century.

Fabric Wool

Location Church of Saint Nicholas of Bari (museum opened in 2009)

Origin Church of Saint Stephen



MAZ y JPM



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