Salomé, appearing here with a very naughty sneer, holds a charger with the head of St. John the Baptist. Painted circa 1615 by the Neapolitan tenebrist and Caravaggista, Giovanni Battista Caracciolo (aka “Battistello”) (1578–1635).
This piece is displayed at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and references the Gospel of Matthew 14:3-11 — ‘But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod, so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Having been prompted by her mother, she *said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” Although he was grieved, the king commanded it to be given because of his oaths, and because of his dinner guests. He sent and had John beheaded in the prison. And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.’