Salome With the Head of John the Baptist

Unknownc. 1550 - 1559

Museo de Huesca

Museo de Huesca
Huesca, Spain

This painting is a copy of the Salome Titian painted around 1550, which is kept at the Prado Museum (Museo Nacional del Prado). However, there are some visible differences, such as the thin, transparent scarf over her shoulders, which gleams in the original and can barely be seen in the copy. Other differences are her belt, her bracelets, and the inscription, all of which can be seen in the reproduction, but not in the original. The painting brings together the characteristics of the Venetian school and is probably dated between 1550 and 1559. It depicts a young Salome looking into the viewer's eyes as she raises her arms, holding up an engraved, silver tray with the head of John the Baptist on it. In the upper left of the canvas, an inscription on a scroll reads, "ECCE AGNVS DEI" (Behold the Lamb of God), in reference to the passages, recorded by John the Evangelist, in which John the Baptist addresses Jesus with these words.


  • Title: Salome With the Head of John the Baptist
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: c. 1550 - 1559
  • Physical Dimensions: 90,5 x 107,5 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Gobierno de Aragón
  • External Link: CERES MCU
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Photograph: Fernando Alvira Lizano
  • Cultural Context: Modern history / Renaissance

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