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        Salome, the daughter of Herodias and Herod Philip, exploits her uncle’s weakness to have John the Baptist executed. (Matthew 14:3-11; Mark 6:17-28; Luke 3:19-20).
       John the Baptist was imprisoned for censuring the incestuous marriage between Herod Antipas and Herodias, the wife of his brother. Herod would have liked to put John the Baptist to death, but he was afraid of the people, in whose eyes John was a prophet.
       At Herod's birthday party Salome danced before the guests, and Herod was so delighted that gave an oath to fulfill any of her wishes. Prompted by her mother, Salome asked for the head of St. John the Baptist be presented to her on a dish. At this the king was distressed, but because of his oath he ordered the request to be granted, and had John beheaded in prison. The head was brought on a dish and given to the girl; and she carried it to her mother.
Giovanni Bellini. Head of St. John the Baptist.
Caravaggio The Beheading of St. John the Baptist,Salome with the Head of St. John the Baptist.
Alexander Ivanov Head of John the Baptist.
Fra Filippo Lippi The Feast of Herod: Salome's Dance, The Adoration, with the Infant Baptist and St. Bernard.
Masaccio The Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
Masolino Herod's Banquet.
Titian St. John the Baptist, Salome.
Rogier van der Weyden Beheading of St. John the Baptist.

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