Return to Bethulia (Regreso a Betulia)
When Judith entered Bethulia (Judith13, 10-13), her neighbors were surprised at her unexpected return. They all gathered around her, surrounding her eager to know what had happened.
The tapestry shows Judith and her handmaid before Oziah, one of the governors of Bethulia, in a simple architectural environment suggesting the inner city. There are groups of figures in surprised and talkative attitude around the main characters, as shown by their gestures and countenances, undoubtedly commenting on Judith’s return.
Series: The Book of Judith
8th tapestry in the series
Manufacture: Netherlands, Brussels?, 2nd half of 16th c.
Location: Church of San Nicolás (museum opened in 2009)
Origin: Church of San Esteban.
Miguel Ángel Zalama, in collaboration with Jesús F. Pascual Molina