A few days ago I spoke of Vasari as the Father of Biographical Art History.
Or Art Biographical History.
Or Historical Art Biographies.
By beating the internet with one more search, I unearthed this painting by Vasari’s student – Lorenzo Sabatini (c. 1530–1576).
Sabatini adds an element that I have rarely seen in any paintings of this story: Holofernes’ helmet. Not that it protected his head.
He also gives Judith an appearance that is warrior-like, with the epaulets on the shoulders and the metal-worked neckline of her gown. And wisely, he dressed her in solid red to avoid all the blood-letting. That was thinking ahead – or a head.