(b. 1591, Coulommier-en-Brie, d. 1632, Roma)

Judith and Holofernes

c. 1626
Oil on canvas, 106 x 141 cm
National Museum of Fine Arts, La Valletta

The figure of Judith emerges from the obscurity of the background with crude determination, rivaling the best productions of the Caravaggisti, particularly Bartolomeo Manfredi.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 17 minutes):
Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta, oratorio, Part I (excerpts)