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