The head of John the Baptist is brought to Herod at the feast. Etching by G.W.L. after J. Gossaert.

  • Gossaert, Jan, approximately 1478-approximately 1532.
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About this work


Bible. N.T. Mark 6.17-29. Through the window soldiers gather around the executioner who withdraws his long sword from John's torso. A centurion places the head on a charger. In the left middleground Salome (or Herodias?) enters the room holding the head of the Baptist. Herodias (or Salome?) sits with Herod at the table. On the right a servant pours wine into a goblet. Four men watch the scene from behind a wall. Herod looks sickly and fingers the jewels braided around his mantle. A dog loiters in the foreground

Physical description

1 print : etching ; image diameter 23.5 cm


GWL. Van Leyden pinxt.


Wellcome Collection 22639i

Creator/production credits

Described in the British Museum online catalogue as being by G.W.L. (name unknown) after a stained glass window by Jan Gossaert


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