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The Dance at the Court of Herod

The Dance at the Court of Herod

c. 1500

Israhel van Meckenem

(German, c. 1440–1503)


Image: 21.5 x 31.5 cm (8 7/16 x 12 3/8 in.); Sheet: 21.5 x 31.5 cm (8 7/16 x 12 3/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1952.79

Catalogue raisonné: B VI.206.9; Lehrs IX.297.367; Hollstein XXIV.244.367; TIB 6

State: IV/IV



In this imaginative composition, Meckenem combines John the Baptist’s beheading with a courtly promenade. The religious narrative’s gruesome episodes occur in the background, where Salome collects the saint’s severed head on a platter and then presents it at Herod’s banquet table. Salome appears a third time in the foreground, where she dances with a lusty suitor who grabs her waist instead of politely holding her hand.

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PR - Engraving
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