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How to Read Paintings: Judith and Holofernes by Gustav Klimt

Seduction and death in this dangerous masterpiece

Judith and the Head of Holofernes (1901) by Gustav Klimt. Oil on canvas. Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna. Image source Wikimedia Commons

Her face is captured in a moment of rapture. Her eyes are half-closed, her lips are gently parting. In her hands she holds the severed head of her enemy and appears almost to flinch at the satisfaction of her victory, with her right eye teetering on the edge of sensual excess.




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