Friday, June 16, 2017

The Beheading of St John the Baptist (1607-1608)



The Beheading of St John the Baptist (1607-1608)
Caravaggio 1573 – 1610
oil on canvas (361 × 520 cm) — 1607-1608
Mark 6:27 - And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
Caravaggio painted this altarpiece while on the island of Malta. It was created for the St John's Cathedral in the capital Valletta.

Salome had ordered the Baptist's head, and in a few moments, she will receive it from the executioner. Her maid looks on in awe. The jailer tells the executioner to put the head on the charger. Two prisoners watch the scene.

The group on the left forms an arch, with Salome and the executioner bending to the floor. This is the only painting Caravaggio signed - in the blood of the Baptist.
>>>> Death of the Baptist


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