BRAY, Salomon de
(b. 1597, Amsterdam, d. 1664, Haarlem)

Judith Delivering the Head of Holofernes

1636
Oil on oak panel, 89 x 71 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

The painter depicted Judith just after her courageous act, holding Holofernes's head by his beard and hair. The gruesome head apparently disturbed the viewers so much that it was painted over at a later time and replaced by an urn. During the restoration of the painting in 1992 this overpainting was removed , returning the painting to its original state, which is also reflected in a signed drawing by Salomon de Bray.