Judith Victorious (c. 1530) by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Judith Victorious - Lucas Cranach the Elder - c.1530

Artwork Information

TitleJudith Victorious
ArtistLucas Cranach the Elder
MediumOil on Panel
Dimensions75 x 56 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationJagdschloß Grunewald, Berlin, Germany
Location Created Germany

About Judith Victorious

The artwork titled “Judith Victorious” is a notable creation by the German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder, dating back to circa 1530. The piece is executed in oil on panel and exemplifies the Northern Renaissance art movement. The dimensions of this religious painting are 75 by 56 centimeters. Created in Germany, this artwork is currently housed at the Jagdschloß Grunewald, located in Berlin, Germany.

“Judith Victorious” presents a striking portrayal of the biblical figure Judith, who appears in the Book of Judith in the Old Testament. The artwork features Judith in an elegant and richly detailed Renaissance attire, symbolizing her status and strength. She is shown with a serene yet resolute expression on her face, holding a sword in one hand while the other hand grasps the head of the Assyrian general Holofernes, which is depicted lying at the lower part of the artwork, offering a stark contrast to Judith’s poised and noble bearing. The detailed rendering of the textures, from the intricate lace of her headdress to the velvety folds of her garment, showcases Cranach’s skill in capturing not just physical likeness but also conveying character and narrative through his art. The background opens onto a distant landscape, contributing to the scene’s gravity and reflective of the painting’s historical context.

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