Judith And Her Maidservant (Homage to Gentileschi)


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Oil on board

Girl power from the 1620s...

Typically brutal, Wendy Elia's small scale depiction of Artemisia Gentileschi's portrayal of Judith's story of seduction and murder.  With Gentileschi herself fighting the patriarchy, enduring rape and persecution while at the same time carving herself a name in history as one of the most accomplished painters, Judith and her maidservant taking matters into their own hands in such a savage way no doubt bought the artist some form of catharsis.

Today with the World seeming barely to have progressed at all in many places with regards to the treatment of woman, Elia has yet again made the old new.