The opera is famous (at the time of its premiere, infamous) for its “Dance of the Seven Veils“. It is now better known for the more shocking final scene (often a concert-piece for dramatic sopranos), where Salome declares her love to – and kisses – the severed head of John the Baptist.
In this piece of artwork, my depiction of her intends to convey a lustful uncaring attitude which I hope I managed to illustrate here.
Salome (whether by ignorance or love for her mother) asked for the head of John the Baptist of her step-father the king when he offered her anything she wanted after she danced so beautifully for him. In her stance, I tried to convey that nonchalance, that insouciant indifference to her deed.
I used red and black silk for her skirt, beaded the bodice and headpiece then added the feathers.
This piece is 16″ x 20″ and framed in a gold leaf frame.