I tried to find this artwork in something other than a bad black-and-white photo. but this is all I gots. Until I can hitch-hike my way to Naples to see for myself.
Too bad. There appears to be an interesting story. The Maid seems to be the calmest figure in the composition – like she witnesses a decapitation every day (“What’s taking so long? Let’s get this over before dessert arrives.”). Judith seems to be distracted by those annoying cherubs (“Yes, you little floating bloated babies. I know what I’m doing!”), and Holofernes … well, he seems to be in a frenzy over losing his head (“If she didn’t like the entree, why didn’t she just say so?”).