WEYDEN, Rogier van der
(b. 1400, Tournai, d. 1464, Bruxelles)
St John Altarpiece (detail)1455-60
Oil on oak panel
Staatliche Museen, Berlin
As a lascivious worldly beauty, Salome wears a magnificent dress in the fashion of French princesses, with exotic decorative items including the pointed head-dress. The background shows the scene of the banquet in which Salome's mother, Herodias, stabs the decapitated head of the Baptist in her hatred for him.