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Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist

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The Bible's gospel of Mark recounts how King Herod, captivated by the dancing of his stepdaughter, Salome, offered her any reward. At her mother's urging, Salome requested the head of John the Baptist, who had criticized her mother's marriage. Like other Renaissance paintings of this subject,...

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Duke of Ascoli, Naples [see note 1]. With Elia Volpi (b. 1858 - d. 1938), Florence [see note 2]. 1921, Duveen Brothers, New York; 1921, sold by Duveen to Mrs. Walter Scott Fitz (Henrietta Goddard Wigglesworth) (b. 1847 - d. 1927), Boston; gift of Mrs. Walter Scott Fitz to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 20, 1921) NOTES: [1] Luca Beltrami, "Luini, 1512-1532" (Milan, 1911), p. 566, records it as being in the Duke of Ascoli collection. [2] Marilena Tamassia, "Collezioni d'arte tra Ottocento e Novecento: Jacquier fotografi a Firenze 1870-1935" (Naples, 1995), p. 224, no. 51517.

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Gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz



62.23 x 51.43 cm (24 1/2 x 20 1/4 in.)

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Oil on panel