The beheading of Holofernes (La decapitación de Holofernes)

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The beheading of Holofernes (La decapitación de Holofernes)
Holofernes, drunk after the banquet, was left at the mercy of Judith who took advantage to behead him using his own cutlass.

The heroine managed to remain alone with Holofernes in his tent after the banquet. The excess of wine – ‘Holofernes, being very inebriated, was fast asleep, reclining on his bed’ – put the Assyrian general Judith’s mercy. She took advantage to behead him with his sword, taking his head, which she gave to her handmaid, and covering the body with the bedclothes (Judith 13, 1-10).

As in the other tapestries, this one shows the main story of the beheading of the Assyrian general in the background, while the best part of the tapestry is covered with scenes related to life in the camp and to the troops of Holofernes.


Series The Book of Judith

Seventh 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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