Judith with the Head of Holofernes
Pietro Benvenuti, Italian, 1769 - 1844
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An important Florentine Neoclassical painter, Benvenuti received prestigious commissions from patrons such as the emperor Napoleon and the grand duke of Tuscany. This drawing is for a very large altarpiece in the cathedral at Arezzo that was painted in Rome in 1803 and exhibited at the Pantheon there with great success in 1804 before being sent on to its final destination.