Inventory number
P00428
Author
Titian [Vecellio di Gregorio Tiziano]
Title
Salome with the Head of John the Baptist
Chronology
Ca. 1550
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
87 cm x 80 cm
School
Italian
Theme
Religion
On display
No
Provenance
Colección I Marqués de Leganés, 1652-55; Colección Real (Adquirido en la Testamentaría del I Marqués de Leganés, 1652-1655; Real Alcázar, Madrid, 1666; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, secretaría de Estado, 1814-1818, nº 659?).

Salome, the daughter of Herod Philip and Herodias, asks Herod for the head of Saint John the Baptist as payment for her dancing (Matthew 14, 3-12; Mark 6, 17-29; Luke 3, 19-20).

The composition focuses on Salome, who is brightly lit, relegating Saint John's head to the middle ground. Salomé, whom Titian modeled after his daughter, Lavinia, draws the viewer into the event by looking out from the painting.

This work was purchased by the Marquis of Leganés at the auction of the belongings of Charles I of England. It entered the Royal Collection following the Marquis' death in 1665 and was first listed in the 1666 inventory of Madrid's Alcázar Palace.

 
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