The Head of John The Baptist on a Charger

We here at The Hely Times are shameless about catering to our readers.  We’ve discovered that pictures depicting beheadings are among our most popular subjects.  So, today, a review of one of the great themes in Western Art, John the Baptist’s head on a charger.  NOTE: some other day we’ll do actual action-shot beheadings of John the Baptist. Today, we’re just dealing with the paintings that include the charger as well.

Caravaggio did it twice.  There’s the National Gallery, London:

And the Palacio Real, Madrid:

Met has a good one by Aelbert Bouts:

MFA has one by Bernardo Luini:

Lucas Cranach the Elder, now hanging in the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest:

That’s enough.



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