Caravaggio painting “Judith killing Holofernes.” The size of the painting 145 x 195 cm , oil on canvas. This biblical story of Judith and Holofernes attracted so many artists. A story about this.
When the army of Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to the small town of Bethulia, which prevented to go to Jerusalem, after the five-day siege of the city residents have decided to give up, but the young widow Judith, convinced everyone that somzhet solve the problem with the help of God.
She came to the enemy camp to the military commander Holofernes and said she knew a way to take the city. But you need to wait – it must be a sign from God, and as soon as she sees it, the report.
Holofernes, and all the Assyrians were amazed by the beauty of Judith. She was accepted as a dear guest, every way to please, and Holofernes, and all have lost a head from love – is figuratively. On the third day Holofernes made a feast for Judith, hoping to achieve a beautiful location, but did not calculate the forces and drank.
That’s such a drunk and sleeping, and killed our heroine, cut off his head with his own sword. The next morning, he saw the commander without a head, the Assyrian army was just shocked. The Jews took advantage of this confusion in the enemy camp and defeated the army of King Nebuchadnezzar.