A Very Popular Theme Among Great Artists And Storytellers Essay

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A very popular theme among great artists and storytellers is a story from the Apocryphal book of Judith. In this story, a beautiful and loyal widow saves the Israelite town of Bethulia from Nebuchadnezzar 's army, who are under the command of Holofernes. While modeling her finest clothes, she pretends to destroy the invading Assyrian army. She is then taken to Holofernes, where she flatters and captivates him by her beauty and oath to help him overcome the Israeli resistance. After this meeting, she accepts Holofernes invitation to live with him. One evening, after some late night entertainment at a banquet, Holofernes lies in a drunken daze. Judith saw that this was a prime opportunity to complete her premeditated plan and slay this man to prevent him from controlling her people. Judith then takes his own sword and slices his head off. She calls her maid and they stuff the head into a bag and escape back to the town of Bethulia. Many great Renaissance and Baroque artists have chosen to illustrate this biblical narrative in one of two possible scenarios, with or without the servant, the decapitation, with Holofernes disposed on the bed, or of the heroine holding or carrying the head of Holofernes, often assisted by her maid. The Renaissance, is the time period following the Middle Ages. At the time, Europe saw a great revival of interest in the classical learning and values of ancient Greece and Rome. The style of painting, sculpture and decorative arts identified with the…

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