Yes, my pets. We have been here before.
According to the catalog from the exhibitor, “Saraceni painted the popular subject of Judith with the Head of Holofernes twice in his career, in two different compositions; both exist in numerous versions by the artist and his workshop.” The numerous versions would explain why I keep finding them in various locations.
The provenance of this specific painting is:
- Sotheby’s, London, 31 October 1979, lot 21
- Ruggero Poletti, Lugano
- Private collection
Carlo Saraceni (1579-1620), “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” c. 1610-18, oil on canvas, 92×76.5 cm, exhibited in “Dangerous Women” (June 17 – July 3, 2020) by Robilant+Voena, London, ENG
In Judith as Film Noir, I covered four versions. Due to the addition of the red curtain in the upper right corner, this is obviously the version found on Artnet.com and Mutualart.com. And it has been auctioned several times since 1979.
And I will repeat the same question I ask every time: Why does the maid have THE BAG IN HER TEETH??
Carlo Saraceni, “Judith and the Head of Holofernes,” c.1615-1620, Oil on canvas, 46.5 x 42.5 in, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, USA
Carlo Saraceni (1579-1620), “Judith Presenting the Head of Holofernes,” 1610-1615, oil on canvas, 90 x 79 cm, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria
Exhibited in “Alberto Longhi – from Giotto to Caravaggio” (Mar 27, 2015) at the Jacquemart-André Museum, Paris
Attributed to Saraceni, found on both Artnet.com and Mutualart.com