The Dance at the Court of Herod
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Artist:   Israhel van Meckenem  
Title:   The Dance at the Court of Herod  
Date:   c. 1500  
Medium:   Engraving  
Dimensions:   8 7/16 x 12 3/8 in. (21.43 x 31.43 cm) (image)  
Credit Line:   Bequest of Herschel V. Jones  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

The horror of John the Baptist's murder is heightened by Israhel van Meckenem's novel inversion. Only when we look past the seemingly benign courtly festivities do we detect the evil machinations of Salome and her mother, Herodias. At upper left, Salome receives the Baptist's head on a platter, and at upper right she presents it to her mother. In legend, Herodias proceeds to pierce the Baptist's tongue as shown here, further revenge for his harsh words.

Name:   van Meckenem, Israhel  
Life Dates:   German, c. 1445-1503  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Mark Watermark: Gothic "P" (Lehrs 27)  
Classification:   Prints  
Creation Place:   Europe, Germany, , ,  
Edition:   approx. 40 impressions  
Accession #:   P.68.230  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts