Costard as the punk rocker Pompey, in dark glasses and crowned with a laurel wreath, channeled John Belushi as he bellowed his lines into a microphone; Nathaniel as Alexander was swathed in towels; for all his earlier pedantry Holofernes
as Judas was angrily "out of countenance" (5.
These references to rape are removed by Tornabuoni, and in their stead she creates a romantic narrative and certainly a more complex Judith and Holofernes
in terms of sexuality.
In his Conversion of Mary Magdalene and Judith Beheading Holofernes
, the paintings that introduced the half-figure history in Rome, Caravaggio utilized his trademark strategy of representing a single dramatic moment that concentrates on the emotion of the figures.
Shakespeare mentions its use in Love's Labours Lost where Moth, speaking about Holofernes
, says 'Yes, yes he teaches boys the Horne-Booke' (3).
As such, Donatello's bronze David was to be considered in the same vein as his Judith, a depiction of the matronly beheader of Holofernes
, with which his David was at one time paired.
1621-22 (Amedeo Morandotti, Milan), the hand of Judith in Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes
Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Beheading Holofernes
Asquith identifies particular individuals (Adriano de Armado is the Oxford tutor, Antonio de Corro; Moth is John Donne; Holofernes
is Gabriel Harvey), using a method that was popular among critics in the early twentieth century and that endures still among those who deny Shakespeare's authorship of the plays ascribed to him.
Chaucer's tale seems to be associated with the topic of downfall and destruction, as it presents the misfortunes of heroes and the greatest rulers, such as Samson, Hercules, Nabuchodonozor, Julius Cesar, Alexander or Holofernes
44) One also thinks of biblical examples such as Judith, the beautiful widow who arouses the lust of Holofernes
, then kills him with his own sword when brought into his tent, thus delivering the Jews from an Assyrian invasion.
and in Judith, where her prayer for victory over Holofernes
Spandrels of the Sistine Chapel depict four Old Testament examples of Salvation: David and Goliath, Judith and Holofernes
, The Brazen Serpent and Death of Haman.