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The Feast of Herod and the Beheading of the Baptist

Master of the Life of Saint John the Baptist (Italian, Rimini, active first third 14th century)

Date:
ca. 1300–1330
Medium:
Tempera on wood, gold ground
Dimensions:
17 3/8 x 19 5/8 in. (44.1 x 49.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.103
  • Description

    The anonymous Romagnole master who painted this work was active in the first third of the fourteenth century. The name given to him by art historians comes from an altarpiece depicting the Life of Saint John the Baptist, of which the Lehman painting originally formed part. The now-dismembered altarpiece is one of the most important surviving examples of the Riminese fourteenth-century school; other panels from it are preserved in various public and private collections. In the Lehman panel, Salome appears twice, first as Herod's alluring dancer and then as the triumphant presenter of the severed head of the Baptist.

  • Provenance

    The arms on the reverse are those of Conti Agnelli dei Malherbi, and the panel may have been preserved in the Agnelli collection in Rome or in the Casa Malherbi at Lugo (Ravenna); Galerie Trotti, Paris; Wildenstein, Paris. Acquired by Philip Lehman in January 1921.

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