DANGEROUS WOMEN: The Legacy of Caravaggio's Judith
Baroque painters were fascinated by the dangerous women of the Old and New Testaments, the femmes fatales whose lethal beauty and erotic wiles lured men towards destruction or even death. While Judith and Jael were cast as heroines who seduced the enemy and committed bloody acts to liberate the Israelites from their oppressors, treacherous temptresses Delilah and Salome used the same means to perfidious ends. Baroque artists explored these narratives with their characteristic flair for the dramatic and penchant for the macabre, foregrounding complex issues around female virtue, beauty, sexuality, rage, and power whose relevance endures today.
See Robilant+Voena's exhibition featuring biblical Dangerous Women and Kehinde Wiley’s modern descendant.