"The Lord Struck Him Down by the Hand of a Female!" Baroque Artists Depicting Judith in the Renaissance release_ux2c6w6qyfdddaqfk4gn32wmim

by Tina M Delis

Published in Journal of Mason Graduate Research by Mason Publishing, George Mason University Libraries.

p143 (2016)

Abstract

Gender themed Research Project, using the biblical story of Judith and Holofernes to examine how Baroque artists tackled representing Judith as a female figure who openly subverts the Renaissance gender norms by defeating a male.  Focusing on the artists, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Orazio Gentileschi and Artemisia Gentileschi, the paper explores through visual analysis how each artist approached representing the gender issue within the biblical narrative in their artwork.  The biblical narrative is discussed and two well-disseminated published articles about gender roles are reviewed.  Additionally, how the Counter-Reformation and the Catholic Church's assertive stance for the purpose of art effects how images of Judith are painted. 
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