The Head of Saint John the Baptist

The smaller scenes relate to life of the Baptist. Left medallion: the Baptism of Christ; right medallion: Salome receiving the Baptist's head. Lower scenes perhaps show Saint John preaching, the Calling of Saint Andrew, and Saint John, again, with two figures (one a donor?).

The subject of the head on a charger may be derived from Milanese paintings.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1498; died 1552/3
Full title
The Head of Saint John the Baptist, with Mourning Angels
Date made
probably 1520s
Medium and support
Oil on oak
26.1 × 17.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Mrs Joseph H. Green, 1880
Inventory number
Location in Gallery