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Master of the Mansi Magdalen: 'Judith and the Infant Hercules'

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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.



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