Benozzo Gozzoli, a Florentine Renaissance painter, is known for his beautiful monumental frescoes. The cycle “The Procession of the Magi”, preserved by the painter for the Palazzo of the Medici Family, is still amazing to the audience with its colorful and rich details.
“The Feast of Herod and the truncation of the head of John the Baptist” is a rather rare piece for the master of the chamber, illustrating one of the texts of the New Testament. John the Baptist, the prophet and forerunner of the coming of Christ, branded the queen Herodias as a libertine and murderer.
The artist has the composition in such a way that the main moments of the story unfold in front of the viewer in one picture. The heroine’s dance is given the central place, in the left corner of the canvas – the continuation of the plot: the execution takes place, in the background – the last element of the narrative: Salome presents John’s head as a gift to his mother.
Interesting posture of the dancing princess. Despite the gracefully and gracefully taken away leg, in all its figure, the flying, sculptural folds of the dress, the gesture of the hand and the proud profile of the head, there are pressure and strength that threaten enemies.