Cranach - Salome with the Head of St John the Baptist
Salome with the Head of St John the Baptist
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Szépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
12.12.2018 - 02:17
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberHU_SMB_145
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/HU_SMB_145
FR (1978) No.FR-none
Title:
Salome with the Head of St John the Baptist[cda 2014]
Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Exhib. Cat. Brussels 2010, 213, No. 115]
Dating:
about 1526 - 1530[Exhib. Cat. Brussels 2010, 213, No. 115]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerSzépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
RepositorySzépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
LocationBudapest
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 73.5 x 54 cm [Exhib. Cat. Brussels 2010, 213, No. 115]
Support:
Painting on Lime wood [Exhib. Cat. Brussels 2010, 213, No. 115]
Signature / Date:
None
Description:
The half-length composition shows Salome with the head of St John the Baptist on a silver plate against a dark background. She wears a dark red robe with numerous decorative slits and filigrain embroidery along the hem. Her attire is complemented by a neckband decorated with pearls and precious stones and a chain wrapped twice around her neck. However her most striking accessory is the bridal crown placed on top of her pinned up hair. [Herrschaft, cda 2014]
Provenance:
- 1770 in Bratislava castle
- from the imperial collections in Vienna
[Exhib. Cat. Brussels 2010, 213, No. 115]
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Brussels 2010213115pp. 213, 239
Bücken 201058
Cat. Budapest 200331-32
Cat. Budapest 1967167
Fenyo 195451-52
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
Although Fenyö already specifically pointed out the painting's quality in 1954 and advocated its reevaluation it remained practically unknown. It was disregarded in favour of a more opulent Salome with a view of a landscape, also in the collection of the museum in Budapest. [...]
According to medieval legends Salome secretly loved St John the Baptist. The young princess' bridal crown perhap indicates the validity of such interpretations.
[Miklós Gálos, Exhib. Cat. Brussels 2010, 213, No. 115]
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.06.2014
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared Reflectography
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Szépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest - Salome with the Head of St John the Baptist - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • DESCRIPTION

    - an underdrawing is not readily visible

    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2014]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner