Albrecht Altdorfer (German, Regensburg ca. 1480–1538 Regensburg)
Sheet: 8 1/16 × 6 1/8 in. (20.5 × 15.6 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1927
Not on view
The head of the martyred saint is handed over to Salome by the executioner as a crowd looks on. The scene of Saint John the Baptist's beheading occupies only the lower third of the image. For Altdorfer, the architecture and surroundings were clearly just as important as the figures. The composition is a study in perspective, with even the onlookers arranged in a diagonal line that leads to a point just above Salome's head.
Inscription: Dated and signed with artist's monogram in plate, at bottom right: '1512 / AA'
P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.; C. G. Boerner, Leipzig, sale 153, May 2-6, 1927, lot 37; Vendor: C. G. Boerner, Leipzig
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Print in the North".