Painter of the Week: Caravaggio. Today: Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1598-1599. Oil on canvas. 145 cm × 195 cm (57 in × 77 in). Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica at Palazzo Barberini, Rome
Judith Beheading Holofernes is a work by Caravaggio, painted in 1598-99. The widow Judith first charms the Assyrian general Holofernes, then decapitates him in his tent.
Michelangelo Merisi or Amerighi da Caravaggio (29 September 1571 – 18 July 1610) was an Italian artist active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily between 1592 (1595?) and 1610. His paintings, which combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, had a formative influence on the Baroque school of painting.