Trump beheaded by Stormy Daniels, assisted by Karen McDougal after Artemisia
Gentileschi. (1614-16) Uffizi Gallery Florence.
The painting Trump beheaded by Stormy Daniels assisted by Karen McDougal has multiple
levels of meaning, These two figures represent the millions of dehumanized women whom
Trump and patriarchal culture, have demeaned, sexually assaulted and silenced. The early 17 th
century painter, Artemisia Gentileschi, the inspiration for this painting, was herself raped at age
Artemisia Gentileschi was an accomplished Florentine painter at a time when successful women
painters were rare. Her father, Orazio Gentileschi, himself a well-established Italian painter,
trained her and by age fifteen she was producing professional work. After the rape, she
successfully took the rapist, her art tutor, to court where he was convicted, although he escaped
the legal consequences.
Artemisia is thought to have expressed her feelings about the rape in two famous paintings:
Judith beheading Holofernes. The Book of Judith describes how the beautiful Jewish widow,
Judith, saved her city, Bethulia and all Israel from the Assyrians armies. Depicted here as a
strong angry woman, she seduced the Assyrian general Holofernes, lulling him to sleep with
wine and then beheading him with the help of her handmaiden.
In Trump beheaded by Stormy Daniels assisted by Karen McDougal, the two figures
representing Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, have finally become strong and vengeful
enough to defend themselves and to symbolically kill the patriarchy, exemplified by Trump.
Like Artemisia’s rapist, Trump was found guilty in his impeachment trial and escaped the
consequences. Worse still, he denied the deadly nature of the Covid virus probably resulting in
over 200,000 excess deaths. This crime I consider a capital crime, worthy of beheading, which
after all is the origin of the term capital punishment.