We still don’t know who commissioned the sculpture, even if its grim subject and the dramatic force of the figure make it apt for meditation on sin, “Holofernes” is the personification of Vice defeated by Virtue, embodied by Judith and death. (1)
She was not known for her housekeeping. Just like Judith to leave a severed head laying around for us to meditate on sin.
(1) Stefania Schiavon, Musei Civici Agli Eremitani, Giovani Artisti Italiani