Salome with the Head of John the Baptist, Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen, 1524

Salome with the Head of John the Baptist, Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen, 1524

oil on panel, h 71.8cm × w 53.6cm. Catalogue entry

Salome danced seductively for King Herod, and, as a reward, she was granted a wish. Urged on by her mother Herodias, Salome asked for the head of John the Baptist, who had criticized Herodias’ adultery with the king. Salome is showing us her prize, the saint’s head on a platter.

On display in room 0.6 Renaissance John the Baptist Biblical scenes Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen

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