Salome

The New Testament records how Saint John the Baptist was beheaded at Herodias' request, and his head presented to her daughter Salome on a charger. Salome then brought the head to her mother. (Matthew 14: 1-11). This painting is one of the key works of Sebastiano's early years in Venice, painted shortly before he left for Rome. The influence of Titian and the young Giorgione can be observed.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1485 - 1547
Full title
Salome
Date made
1510
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
54.9 x 44.5 cm
Inscription summary
Dated
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2493
Location in Gallery