Jul 18, 2014
Jul 14, 2006

The Dance at the Court of Herod

The Dance at the Court of Herod

c. 1500

Israhel van Meckenem

(German, c. 1440–1503)

Engraving

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

Location

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Engraving
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Engraving

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