Judith, an Old Testament heroine, holds the head of Holofernes and the sword with which she has decapitated him. The infant Hercules, a classical hero, is strangling the serpents Juno sent to destroy him. Both Judith and Hercules are exemplary figures of fortitude, shown naked to emphasise their defencelessness.

 

 

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active early 16th century
Full title
Judith and the Infant Hercules
Date made
possibly about 1530
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
89.4 × 52.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Charles Haslewood Shannon, 1937
Inventory number
NG4891
Location in Gallery