Salomé with the Baptist's head, by Caravaggio (1607, c.)

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Title

Salomé with the Baptist's head, by Caravaggio (1607, c.)

Creator

Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da (1571-1610)

Date

1607, c.

Description

This work represents the biblical scene where Salome holds the decapitated head of Saint John the Baptist. In this painting by Caravaggio, Salomé is represented by a young woman holding his head on a tray in the center of the painting. To the right a young man appears looking at the Baptist's head and behind Salome an old woman appears. This representation is reminiscent of the Celestinesque themes, due to the presence of a young woman and a young man and an older woman.

Iconclass code: 73C13341 http://www.iconclass.org/rkd/73C13341/
"Salome with the head of John the Baptist on a dish" 

Format

Oil on canvas.
Dimensions: 116 × 140 cm

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