The Head of Saint John the Baptist

Saint John the Baptist was beheaded at Herodias's request, and his head was then presented to Salome on a charger (Matthew 14: 1-12). There is some evidence that Leonardo painted a 'Head of Saint John the Baptist on a Charger' while staying in Milan, and there are many Milanese pictures of the early 16th century of this subject which, like this one, may have been closely derived from Leonardo.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
The Head of Saint John the Baptist
Date made
1511
Medium and support
Oil on walnut
Dimensions
45.7 x 38.7 cm
Inscription summary
Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1895
Inventory number
NG1438
Location in Gallery