This is the second set of paintings I have discussed by Pietro Ricchi. The first was Judith with an enormous pom-pom on her head. Now we have the influence of (insert trumpets here) Caravaggio – and a little tickle.
At first, I thought these were the same painting – the second one being a detail. But no. Just two very similar compositions, with very similar expressions of delight. As if Judith and the Maid were sharing a little joke.
I guess Holofernes is the punch line.