The figure of Judith occupies the centre of the composition and is strongly and uniformly illuminated. She is set against a dark background in which we can just make out the figure of an old woman, while in the foreground a young serving girl seen from behind is presented in profil perdu with her head in shadow. The gaze of this figure, as she presents the chalice to Artemisa, leads the viewer’s eye towards the powerful form of the principal figure, which is also emphasised by the steep viewpoint from which she is presented.

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