Gallery of Modern Symbolism
The MEWS Courtyard at 594 Valley Rd.
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Tel. (973) 744 0111
E-mail: jk@jkkfinearts.com

Gallery Hours: Tue. to Fri. 2 pm to 9 pm, Sat. 10 am to 7 pm,

Sun. by Appoint.

JKK FINE ARTS proudly presents

SALOME & John the Baptist



Exhibition of new paintings, sculptures, drawings,
and photographs by established international artists:
Luigi Casalino, Joanna Chrobak, Marek Koczela, Michael Kuch, Aleksandra Nowak, Rafal Olbinski, Franciszek Starowieyski,   David Vance, and Gustaw Zemla

May June July 2007

Opening reception, Saturday, May 19th, 7 to 10 pm

The story of Salome and John the Batist was one of the favorites motives for painters, draftsmen, and sculptors, since it offers a chance to depict exotic scenery of the East, semi nude woman dancing, the splendour of oriental court, and everything under the auspices of being a Biblical subject. The earliest examples can be seen in Musee de Augustins in Toulouse (12th C.), France. Famous Italians include: Giotto's Feast of Herod (1320), Lorenzo Monaco's The Banquet of Herod (c.1400), Masaccio's The Beheading of St. John the Baptist (1426). But the most popular interpretations of Salome include paintings by Titian Salome with the Head of John the Baptist, ca. 1530, and two Caravaggio paintings from 1605: Salome with the Head of the Baptist, and Beheading of the Baptist. From Northern-European painters the most interesting are pieces by: Memling St. John Altarpiece (15th C.), Dürer The Beheading of St. John (1510), now in Christian Theological Seminary, in Indianapolis, Lucas Cranach the Elder  Salome (c.1530), and Rembrandt The Beheading of John the Baptist (1640), in the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The subject was very popular in 19th C.. French Symbolist master, Gustave Moreau, painted it three times: Salome dancing before Herod, The Apparition, and Salome, all in the 1870'. Salome by Henri Regnault (1870) is now in Metropolitan Museum of Art collection. Franz von Stuck painted his Salome in 1906, Gustav Klimt in 1907-09. British artist, Aubrey Beardsley made illustrations for Oscar Wilde's play Salome, which premiered in Paris in 1896. The play, translated into German, was used by Richard Strauss for his famous opera Salome, that premiered in 1905.

And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist. And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her. And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother. And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb. Mark 6:21-29


For more information or additional photos, please contact Jan K. Kapera,
Gallery Director, at 973 744 0111 or send us Email: jk@jkkfinearts.com

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Marek Litwin