"National Gallery St John the Baptist film series - Episode 8, Martyrdom" (2017)
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-Cécile 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.