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Herodias with the Head of Saint John the Baptist

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Herodias was enraged with John the Baptist for preaching against her marriage to Herod, the brother of her first husband. According to the New Testament, she instructed her daughter Salome to ask Herod for the Baptist's head as a reward for her dancing. A text by Saint Jerome recounts that when...

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Louis Philippe (b. 1773 - d. 1850), King of the French. By 1853, Henry Jacob Bigelow (b. 1818 - d. 1890), Boston [see note 1]; by descent to his son, William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston; 1926, bequest of William Sturgis Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 20, 1926) NOTES: [1] In 1853, Bigelow lent this painting to the Boston Athenaeum, where it was exhibited as a work by Caravaggio.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

about 1625–30


119.4 x 95.3 cm (47 x 37 1/2 in.)

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Oil on canvas