|Artist||Hans Sebald Beham|
|Dimensions||Image and Plate 114 x 70 mm, 118 x 73 mm|
One of a number of Sebald Beham's different treatments of the Biblical story of Judith and Holofernes, this one showing Judith, nude, crowned with a laurel wreath, and glancing over her shoulder, holding the head of the Assyrian general Holofernes in her outstretched left hand. In her right hand she holds her enemy's sword point downwards. Behind her, a female attendant holds a bag, in readiness to take the head back to the Hebrews as proof of Judith's actions.
Artist's monogram to top left "HSB."
Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550) was a German engraver and the most prolific of the Kleinmeisters ("Little Masters"), so called because they mainly produced small prints. He worked together with his brother, Barthel Beham, and Georg Pencz, and all were heavily influenced by the work of their contemporary, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), and might even have worked in his atelier. Beham produced a variety of allegorical, mythological, biblical and genre scenes and was active in Nürnberg and Frankfurt am Main.
Pauli 12, Hollstein 12, Bartsch VIII.119.11.
Condition: Thread margins. Some scuffing and surface abrasion to plate. Old hinging tape to verso. Collector's mark 'Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kupferstich-Kabinett' (Lugt 1618). Minor show-through from collector's mark. Framed in a period style frame.