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Judith with the Head of Holofernes

A work made of engraving in blue-gray on ivory laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in blue-gray on ivory laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper.

Date:

1465/80

Artist:

Attributed to Baccio Baldini
Italian, c. 1436-1487

About this artwork

This engraving was part of a group of Florentine round and oval prints with secular themes meant to be pasted on cylindrical boxes. These held sweetmeats or toiletries and were exchanged by lovers or given as wedding favors. The prints could have been colored or illuminated and completed with the recipient’s coat of arms before being affixed to boxes, though in the one displayed here the shield hanging on the tree at right remains empty. Holofernes literally lost his head to Judith’s well-timed act of seduction, and she hoists the sword she used to remove it, the blade softly echoing the curve of the printed border.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Baccio Baldini

Title

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Origin

Italy

Date

1460–1485

Medium

Engraving in blue-gray on ivory laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper

Dimensions

132 × 132 mm (image/inner border); 137 × 137 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Potter Palmer, II

Reference Number

1945.359

Extended information about this artwork

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