Judith Beheading Holofernes Essay

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The artwork that seemed to strike me to do a critique about is Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Beheading Holofernes from 1612 on page 121 of the text. With this painting, there are two females that are beheading a man together. This may be a depiction of the rape that was experienced in Gentileschi’s own life, but she uses biblical characters to portray the story. It was created during the Post-Renaissance era, when females were usually excluded from creating artwork. Gentileschi herself was often depicted to have aggressive pieces of artworks, that many did not appreciate. While this painting does not include many colors, it does take up much of the space that was available. Gentileschi could tell her story and show her feelings by using another story to do so. She could speak through a painting that became very popular. Gentileschi’s Judith Beheading Holofernes shows a biblical story of an Assyrian general, Holofernes, getting beheaded with a sword by a female that had seduced him. It shows two females, Judith and another strong woman, beheading a man while he is lying on a table. This painting it to tell her story of a man, an artist, who had raped her. She could not get people to believe her and the community was not happy about her accusations. It was until the man …show more content…
The first couple of lines in Catullus’s poem say, “none could ever say that she, / Lesbia! Was so loved by me. / Never all the world around / faith so true as mine was found.” (1-4) To me, this says that even if others could not see that he loved Lesbia, he did and he was always faithful to her. He was so faithful that it seemed that he meant that she would never be able to find someone who was as faithful as he was. It is not always that everyone around you can see the way you feel by interactions because they don’t know the emotions that you have. This was not his fault