Judith and the head of Thanos
36″ x 48″
acrylic on canvas
This painting offers a novel take on the story of Judith and Holofernes, a favourite subject of art since the
Renaissance. There are hundreds of paintings treating this Old Testament episode by masters such as Caravaggio, Titian, Klimt and, most recently, the black American artist, Kehinde Wiley. This painting is inspired by Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Judith and Her Maidservant” (1613-14). Occupying the space traditionally held by the head of Holofernes is the head of Thanos, a supervillain from the Marvel universe.