Glossary

Decapitation

A number of biblical stories, including Judith and Holofernes, David and Goliath and the life of Saint John the Baptist, involve decapitation (beheading).

Artist such as Liss have enjoyed exploiting the opportunities for gruesome drama which these incidents provide.

Painting
Johann Liss
about 1622
Johann Liss: 'Judith in the Tent of Holofernes'
Painting
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
about 1609-10
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio: 'Salome receives the Head of Saint John the Baptist'