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Judith II by Klimt

Gustav Klimt, Giudith II (Salomè), 1909, 178 x 46 cm, Venice, Ca' Pesaro - Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna

This work by Klimt, the great protagonist of the Viennese Secession, picks up on and enhances the theme of Judith, a subject he had already used in a 1901 painting now in Vienna. Tightly squeezed into a golden frame and surrounded by arabesque decoration, the sinuous figure of the Biblical heroine holds the head of Holofernes by the hair, becoming a symbol of the power of female seduction.

  1. Keywords: gustav klimt, venice, judith, ca' pesaro museum, secessionism