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Title The Feast of Herod
Alternative Title The Daughter of Herodias before Herod
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Teniers, David, II (Flemish painter, 1610-1690)
After Rubens, Peter Paul (Flemish painter and draftsman, 1577-1640)
Date Earliest about 1660
Date Latest about 1690
Description St John the Baptist had been preaching against the wicked ways of the Queen, Herodias. At the Feast of Herod, Salome's dancing so entranced the King that he offered her the gift of her choice. At her mother Herodias' prompting, she chose the head of John the Baptist on a silver platter. Salome presents the head of the saint as if it is another course in the feast. Herod recoils in horror but Herodias, unmoved, prods the head with a fork. Teniers' painting is based on a larger painting by Rubens in the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Teniers was appointed court painter to Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria and made custodian of the Archduke's pictures and also made copies of some of the paintings in the collection.

Current Accession Number 1925P81
Former Accession Number P.8125
Subject religion (Herod, Herodias, Salome, St John the Baptist)
Measurements 57.8 x 75.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on metal (copper)
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Sir Claude Phillips 1925.
Publications Catalogue of Paintings in Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, 1960; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 145
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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