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The beheading of John the Baptist

The beheading of John the Baptist

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (in 1856)

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The depiction of the executioner beheading John the Baptist against a dark background, calls to mind Italian mannerist paintings and prints. The model for the figure of Salome was Princess Marie Cantacuzène, whom Puvis de Chavannes later married.

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Title The beheading of John the Baptist
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 89.5 cm
Height 140 cm
Artists Schilder: Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
Accession number VdV 62A
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1972
Age artist About 32 years old
Collector Collector / Willem van der Vorm
Exhibitions De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
Geographical origin France > Western Europe > Europe

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Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

Lyon 1824 - Parijs 1898

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes began studying with Eugène Delacroix in 1844. After the French government purchased one of his works, he began a successful career as...

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