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CHASTE SEXUAL WARRIOR, CIVIC HEROINE, AND FEMME FATALE: THREE VIEWS OF JUDITH IN ITALIAN RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE ART
BURZLAFF, MARY CAROLINE

2006, MA, University of Cincinnati, Design, Architecture, Art and Planning : Art History.
The apocryphal story of Judith and Holofernes has fascinated artists for centuries and is thus one of the most commonly depicted religious scenes. This story was particularly popular during the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods. Although depictions of Judith vary greatly, I believe the interpretations of Judith's role can be divided into three broad categories: chaste sexual warrior, civic heroine, and femme fatale. These classifications are not exclusive, and many images could be classified in multiple ways. In this thesis I thoroughly discuss each of these themes, using quintessential examples of each type of depiction to illustrate my ideas, and I situate these images within their political and socio-historical contexts. Studying the artists, their patrons, and their society allows a better understanding of why these images were produced.
Diane Mankin (Advisor)
72 p.

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BURZLAFF, MARY. "CHASTE SEXUAL WARRIOR, CIVIC HEROINE, AND FEMME FATALE: THREE VIEWS OF JUDITH IN ITALIAN RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE ART." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. University of Cincinnati, 2006. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 17 Jul 2018.

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BURZLAFF, MARY "CHASTE SEXUAL WARRIOR, CIVIC HEROINE, AND FEMME FATALE: THREE VIEWS OF JUDITH IN ITALIAN RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE ART." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. University of Cincinnati, 2006. https://etd.ohiolink.edu/

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