Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist

Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist

1500s or later

follower of Bernardino Luini

(Italian, c. 1480-c. 1532)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 72.1 x 87 x 5.7 cm (28 3/8 x 34 1/4 x 2 1/4 in.); Unframed: 46.6 x 59.7 cm (18 3/8 x 23 1/2 in.)

Holden Collection 1916.824

Description

Salome’s dancing so pleased her stepfather Herod that he offered her anything she wanted. Her mother advised Salome to demand John the Baptist’s head, which Salome presented to her family in an elaborate dish. Despite its biblical source, this work was meant for a domestic setting, whose owner would have admired the elegant presentation of a shocking story.

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Type of artwork: 
Painting
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Credit line: 
Holden Collection

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