The Trappings of Salome

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess  named Salome. Salome was the daughter of King Herod, and one day Salome’s parents gave her a very special present… the severed head of St. John the Baptist.

This fascinating and grizzly tale has been a favorite of artists for centuries, and apparently Salome was a very fashionable woman, because in every depiction her wardrobe is breathtaking. A few of my favorites:

Salome in the 1510s-1530s, Giampietrino


Salome in the late 1400s, Andrea Solari


Salome in the 14th century. Artist information not available


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