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Judith Slaying (Beheading) Holofernes – Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652) was a woman painter of the Baroque era who was influenced by Caravaggio.  She favored dramatic subjects and the use of light and shadows in her works, like Caravaggio did.  Judith Slaying (Beheading) Holofernes is one of her best-known paintings.  It celebrates strong Biblical women such as Judith.  Artemisia Gentileschi actually painted two nearly identical Judith Slaying Holofernes paintings, one which now hangs in a museum in Naples, Italy, and another which is in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.  (Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes is to be distinguished from Caravaggio’s Judith Slaying Holofernes and from  Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith and Her Maidservant.)  


LINNCWeb online catalog – Search Term

  • Gentileschi (Keyword Anywhere)

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • N43
  • ND623 .G364
  • ND623 .G366

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Bal, Mieke (Ed.). The Artemisia Files. 2005.

                        Call Number: ND623 .G364 A94 2005

  • Bissell, R.Ward. Artemisia Gentileschi and the Authority of Art. 1999.

                          Call Number: ND623 .G364 B58 1999

  • Christiansen, Keith. Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi. 2001.

                        Call Number: ND623 .G366 A4 2001

  • Garrard, Mary. Artemisia Gentileschi. 1989.

                        Call Number: ND623 .G364 G37 1989

  • Garrard, Mary. Artemisia Gentileschi Around 1622. 2001.

                         Call Number: ND623 .G364 G368 2001

  • Opfell, Olga. Special Visions: Profiles of Fifteen Women Artists. 1991.

                          Call Number: N43 .O6 1991

  • Slatkin, Wendy. Women Artists In History. 1997.

                           Call Number: N43 .S57 1997

Reference Materials

  • Gaze, Delia (Ed.). Dictionary of Women Artists.Call Number: REF N8354 .D53 1997      

o   Vol. 1, pg. 577

  • Gowing, Lawrence (Ed.). Biographical Dictionary of Artists. Call Number: REF N40 B53 1995

o   Pgs. 240-241

  • Heller, Nancy. Women Artists: An Illustrated History, 3rd Ed. Call Number: REF N8354 .H45 1997 

o   Pgs. 29-32

  • Kleiner, Fred. Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, 12th Ed. – Call Number: REF N5300 .G25 

o   Pgs. 703-704

Research Databases

To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.

  • Biography Resource Center
  • Oxford Art Online

This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check the LINCCWeb, VCC East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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Valencia College East Campus Library

Last Revised on May 10, 2006

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