Friday, June 16, 2017

Salome with the Baptist's Head (1524)

Salome with the Baptist's Head (1524)
Jacob van Oostsanen 1470 – 1533
oil on panel (72 × 54 cm) — 1524
Matthew 14:9 - And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.
Excited by her dancing at his banquet, king Herod lets Salome make a wish. Her mother suggests to ask for the head of John the Baptist. The prophet had denounced her mother's adultery with the king.

Jacob van Oostsanen opposes the cruelty of the Baptist's head to Salome's beauty and the tranquillity of the landscape in the background.
>>>> Death of the Baptist

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