"Judith Slaying Holofernes" by Artemisia Gentileschi

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This painting is remarkable for its extraordinary energy, violent subject matter and perhaps, most astonishing of all, the fact it was created by Artemisia Gentileschi, the great mistress of seventeenth century Baroque painting. Richard Stemp tells the terrible story that inspired the work.

Trigger Warning: Sexual Violence – This film contains descriptions of sexual violence which some viewers may find distressing – viewer discretion is advised.

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