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Femmes fatales: Artemisia Gentileschi and Judith of Bethulia

70 min visit

Museum of World Explorations
19 May → 5 Sep 2021
From Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

« The restoration of Artemisia Gentileschi's exceptional painting is the reason for this remarkable exhibition! »

Holofernes, an Old Testament character, is a general sent by Nebuchadnezzar II to punish the Jewish peoples who refused to support him in the war against the Persian king, Arphaxad. Holofernes besieges the city of Bethulia, where a young widow, Judith, is living. She decides to save her city by breaking into the general's camp. The general instantly falls under Judith's spell and throws a big party for her. Judith gets him so drunk that he cannot defend himself, whereupon she beheads him with the help of her servant and returns to Bethulia with the head as a trophy. A biblical pictorial theme that is at the heart of the annual temporary exhibition of the former Musée de la Castre and highlighted by the famous painting by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-c.1652). While she is considered a great exponent of Italian Baroque and Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi has long struggled to be as highly regarded as her male peers. Like Judith, she was renowned both for her talent as an artist and for her beauty. The Musée des Explorations du Monde is the only French museum to preserve a work by the artist. An exhibition not to be missed! This exhibition is accessible with the Cannes Culture Pass 2021.


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