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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Detailed 16th century Painting of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist

Giovanni Bappista Castello, Il Genovese (Genoa 1547 - c, 1639)
The Beaheading of St. John the Baptist, Herod Being Presented with the Head Beyond, 1582
Bodycolour, heightened with gold, on vellum
9 1/2 x 8 inches
Framed: 17 1/2 x 19 1/2
Dated ‘1582’ in the stonework

Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 2 July 1990, lot 93.

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