Charles Landelle an important orientalist, genre, portrait and historical painter who was a favorite of Napoléon III during the Second French Empire. His first trip to the Middle East was in 1848, the beginning of many travels in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Palestine that lasted until 1899. During this time, he produced numerous portraits of women from “the Orient.”
This Judith is typical of those portraits. Arrayed in exotic garments with bold jewels, wearing a dark and serious expression – this is not a frothy Renaissance Florentine Blonde but an accurate depiction of Judith’s probable appearance as a brooding Israeli Brunette. Assuming she was an actual character in the first place. And she did not dye her hair.