The Painting:

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"Judith I" (1901), Gustav Klimt.

Klimt had a conflicting relationship with women, he loved them but also believed they were dangerous. This is pretty clear in this painting as well: the title reads "Judith und Holofernes" (in the Old Testament is told that Judith, a rich and beautiful Jewish widow, to save her people from the Assyrian commander Holofernes, decides to seduce him and than behead him), but this painting is also known as "Salome", namely the woman who demanded to behead John the Baptist just because he rejected her. The reason of the dual nature of this masterpiece lies in the woman's face, satisfied with what she did and how she did it, almost like she enjoyed killing a man, very far from other (less sensual) depictions of Judith.

The Aesthetics:

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