Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

The last exhibition in the trilogy on love in the prints and drawings room focuses on the representation of strong women, in particular biblical heroines who specifically use their femininity. For instance, the beautiful young widow Judith saves the Jewish people by making the Assyrian general Holofernes drunk and beheading him, while Delilah is bribed to join the Philistines so that she can seduce the Judge of Israel Samson and discover the secret of his strength. Through art history these representation are characterised by cunning, bravery, beauty, erotic tension and an interest in the relationship between the sexes, while female biblical wrongdoers are increasingly seen as femme fatales.