A copy after Allori's original composition, painted 1610–12, today in the Pitti Palace, Florence (inv. 1912 n. 96).1 Allori's painting became an instant success and was widely copied, due in part to the popularity of the biblical legend depicted, and also because of its autobiographical element; the decapitated head of Holofernes is a self-portrait, whilst his lover Mazzafirra is portrayed in the beautiful face of the young woman, whose extraordinarily luxurious clothing is a direct tribute to the city's thriving textile industry.
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