Based on “Judith Showing the Head of Holofernes”, illustration of the Apocryphal Book of Judith, Chapter 14, from Gustave Doré’s illustrated edition of the Bible.
Doré was born in Strasbourg on 6 January 1832. By age five, he was a prodigy troublemaker, playing pranks that were mature beyond his years. Seven years later, he began carving in cement. At the age of fifteen Doré began his career working as a caricaturist for the French paper Le Journal pour rire, and subsequently went on to win commissions to depict scenes from books by Rabelais, Balzac, Milton and Dante .