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23-10-2017

National Gallery St John the Baptist film series - Episode 9, The Baptist's head

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The Baptist's Head The representation of John the Baptist's life doesn't end with his martyrdom. Independent images of his severed head are a particular focus of devotion and became popular both as paintings and as sculpted objects made for the home - a tradition that continues to the present day. In this episode art historian Jennifer Sliwka and theologian Ben Quash look at the National Gallery's masterpiece by Caravaggio, 'Salome receives the Head of John the Baptist', 1607-10 and pay a visit to a private collector who keeps a polychrome sculpted head of the Baptist by Brazilian-born artist Ana Maria Pacheco in his sitting room. 'John the Baptist: From Birth to Beheading' is a series of 10 films sharing the highlights of the collaborative MA course taught by Dr Jennifer Sliwka, Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion at the National Gallery and Professor Ben Quash, Director of the Centre for Arts and the Sacred, King's College London.

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23-10-2017

National Gallery St John the Baptist film series - Episode 8, Martyrdom

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Martyrdom John the Baptist is the only figure in the New Testament to die before Jesus Christ; his beheading is one of the most dramatic scenes represented in the history of art. Art historian Jennifer Sliwka and theologian Ben Quash visit St. John's Co-Cathedral in Malta to see one of the most famous representations of the Baptist's martyrdom, Caravaggio's altarpiece for the Knights of Malta. They discuss the events leading up to his beheading and the increasing prominence of Salome in depictions of the Baptist's final moments. In this episode we see Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio's 'The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist', 1608 in St. John's Co-Cathedral and return to the National Gallery to see Pierre-C├ęcile Puvis de Chavanne's theatrical 'The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist', 1869. 'John the Baptist: From Birth to Beheading' is a series of 10 films sharing the highlights of the collaborative MA course taught by Dr Jennifer Sliwka, Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion at the National Gallery and Professor Ben Quash, Director of the Centre for Arts and the Sacred, King's College London.

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