The history of Judith attracted many Renaissance artists. Veronese was no exception. From the Old Testament we know that Judith was a beautiful and pious widow. When the Assyrian commander of Holofernes besieged her hometown and dried up the water, Judith left the city with her servant and a basket of provisions and went to the camp of the enemy. She announced to Holoferna that she was ready to help him take over the city.
The military commander, flaming with passion for the Jew, arranged a magnificent feast for her. When, after the feast, they were left alone, Judith cut off Holofern’s head with his
Both of them show us Judith, who has just killed Holofernes and is about to hand his head to his maid. The savior of the city appears before the audience a young blond woman dressed in the Venetian fashion of the XVI century. The whiteness of her skin is remarkably highlighted by the dark background.