Painters Paintings These two pieces are some Judith versions of Cristofano Allori and Artemisia Ge…
Painters Work These two items are some Judith variations of Cristofano Allori and Artemisia Gentileschi, each, housed within the Palazzo Pitti, Florence . .
Cristofano Allori (1577 – 1621): Judith with the Head of Holofernes, 1615-17, Oil on canvas, 139 x 116 cm, Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence, Italy . .
In Cristofano Allori’s most well-known portray, ‘Judith with the Head of Holofernes’, the acute distinction between the darkish and bearded head of Holofernes and the angelic face of his murderess owes a lot to the Mannerist faculty by which he was skilled.
Allori is claimed to have created a portrait of his mistress Mazzafirra within the determine of Judith and her mom within the determine of the aged servant lady. The top of Holofernes could also be a self-portrait. If that is true, the image will surely be a traditional instance of the portrait historical past by which actual figures are offered as figures from historical past.
That is the one portray from the lengthy uncared for Florentine faculty of the seventeenth century whose popularity has all the time remained on the highest degree, and it due to this fact gained a type of symbolic worth. Furthermore, its fame as a masterpiece of the Seicento unfold past regional borders, thanks partially to its non permanent confiscation and subsequent show within the Musée Napoléon in Paris between 1799 and 1815. The work is by far one of the best of the numerous current variations, copies, and derivations. . .
Artemisia Gentileschi (1590 – 1652): Judith and Her Maidservant, 1614-20, Oil on canvas, 114 x 93.5 cm, Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence