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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1571  1610)  Salome with the Head of John the Baptist   Oil on canvas, c. 1609  116 cm × 140 cm (46 in × 55 in)  Palacio Real de Madrid, Spain
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Title: Salome with the Head of John
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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1571 1610)
Salome with the Head of John the Baptist
Oil on canvas, c. 1609
116 cm × 140 cm (46 in × 55 in)
Palacio Real de Madrid, Spain

Salome with the Head of John the Baptist (Madrid), c. 1609, is a painting by the Italian master Caravaggio in the Palacio Real, Madrid.

The early Caravaggio biographer Giovanni Bellori, writing in 1672, records the artist sending a Salome with the Head of John the Baptist from Naples to the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta, Fra Alof de Wignacourt, in the hope of regaining favour after having been expelled from the Order in 1608. It seems likely that this is the work, according to Caravaggio scholar John Gash. Gash also notes that the utioner, looking down at the severed head, helps transform the painting "from a provocative spectacle into a profound meditation on death and human malevolence."
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