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Judith with the Head of Holofernes

c. 1630
17th Century
3 7/8 x 2 5/8 in. (9.8 x 6.7 cm)

Jacques Callot, French, (1592–1635)

Object Type: PRINTS
Creation Place: Europe, France
Medium and Support: Drypoint
Accession Number: 76-B-1(g)5
Label for "Printmakers of the Baroque: 17th-Century Explorations of Space and Light", La Salle University Art Museum, December 16, 2013 – February 28th, 2014:

The story of this small print is from the Old Testament’s Book of Judith. Here the elegantly dressed Jewish prin­cess Judith, sword in hand, places the newly severed head of the Assyrian general Holofernes on a charger proffered by her young handmaiden. By this act, Judith courageously freed the Jewish people from persecution. The two women move vigorously in the space, while the general’s decapitated body lays snugly in his tent canopy bed or pavillon, his armor hanging impotently from the ceiling. The story of Judith and Holofernes was a very popular subject in the Baroque period, although one rarely tackled by Callot.

A great innovator in etching techniques, Callot used stippling, or a dotting of short lines, made entirely with the etching needle’s point, to create shadow and texture. He abandoned stippling soon after this print in favor of other techniques.

Susan Dixon
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Fine Arts
Current Location: Storage : Works on Paper : 20x24 : 4.5.100

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Printmakers of the Baroque: 17th-Century Explorations of Space and Light, Curated by Susan M. Dixon and Carmen Vendelin, La Salle University Art Museum, December 16, 2013 – February 28th, 2014.

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