Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Reflection - Salome, daughter of Herod and Herodias

 Source Website: https://www.sartle.com/artwork/salome-lovis-corinth
By Jennifer Tucker, Sartle


Salome, St John the Baptist
PHOTO: Salome, St John the Baptist
Exotic dancing pays off in a gruesome way for Salome, Museum of Painting by Lovis Corinth
Lovis Corinth - Opened an art school for women, and then married one of his first students
Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig, Germany - Nazis looted it, Allies bombed it, finally got its building back in the 1990s
Picture posted by Jennifer Tucker, Contributor, Sartle

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https://www.sartle.com/artwork/salome-lovis-corinth
http://veryfatoldman.blogspot.sg/2018/03/reflection-solution-to-worn-out-lives_12.html



I am all for exploiting our womanly wiles to get our way, but I think Salome may have taken that idea a little far.

Yes, Salome is one conniving (and apparently smoking hot) babe, so it should come as no surprise that she is considered the femme fatale (attractive and seductive woman).



Salome (1927)
PHOTO: Salome (1927)
Painting by Hans Hassenteufel (1887-1943), German, München - oil on canvas
From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository, 15 October 2016, 15:16

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According to the Gospels of Mark, Salome was the daughter of Herodias and the stepdaughter of Herod. For King Herod's birthday, Salome gives the gift of her sensual dance moves to the birthday boy and his court. While it's unsettling to think that one would engage in an erotic tango as a gift for their stepdad,  I suppose those were different times. Plus, what's that cliché about strippers and daddy issues?



Dance of Salomé (circa 1905-1907)
PHOTO: Dance of Salomé (circa 1905-1907)
Salome in an erotic tango as a gift for her stepdad, King Herod's birthday. Salome was the daughter of Herodias and the stepdaughter of Herod. What's that cliché about strippers and daddy issues?
Painting by Leopold Schmutzler (1864–1940)
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Herod was so smitten that in his boozy stupor he decided to repay Salome by offering her anything she wished. With such a good offer on hand, Salome decided to consult her mother first on what she should ask for. Herodias quickly instructed her daughter to ask for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Prompting us to wonder if we sold ourselves short last year asking for that Sephora gift card.



Herod was so smitten that in his boozy stupor he decided to repay Salome by offering her anything she wished.
PHOTO: Herod was so smitten that in his boozy stupor he decided to repay Salome by offering her anything she wished. Salome decided to consult her mother, Herodias , who quickly instructed her daughter to ask for the head of John the Baptist on a platter.
From Left Theda Bara and George Raymond Nye (1918) - Salome, directed by J. Gordon Edwards.
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Not that this request would be a difficult one; Herod had recently imprisoned John the Baptist for condemning his marriage to Herodias, hence her blood thirst. Long story short, Herod obliged and next thing John knew, his head was served up on a platter like a Thanksgiving turkey. It would appear that the man in the red robe and have something in common: little remorse for John due to an inability to stop ogling Salome’s ta-tas (Birthday Suits). Now I understand Herod’s pitfall.



Theda Bara might be the most significant celebrity pioneer whose movies you’ve never seen.
PHOTO: Theda Bara might be the most significant celebrity pioneer whose movies you’ve never seen. She was the movie industry’s first sex symbol; the first femme fatale. One of the most famous women in the world, and the embodiment of an intentionally scary fantasy during the very first days of Hollywood.
Picture posted by "You Must Remember This" on 07 October 2014 - Theda Bara, Hollywood's First Sex Symbol
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Theda Bara as Cleopatra (1986)
PHOTO: Theda Bara as Cleopatra (1986)
Photograph by Bob Carlos Clarke (Irish, 1950 - 2006) on 14 October 2013

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This has always been a popular story within the arts, but it was the artists of the Renaissance that fully explored the visual potential of this gruesome tale. It is also seems fitting that Corinth felt the desire to capture the salacious nature of Salome, for sexual conflict was a common theme in his work, and I would say stripping in exchange for a severed head is quite the moral battle.



Corinth felt the desire to capture the salacious nature of Salome, for sexual conflict was a common theme in his work, and I would say stripping in exchange for a severed head is quite the moral battle.
PHOTO: Corinth felt the desire to capture the salacious nature of Salome, for sexual conflict was a common theme in his work, and I would say stripping in exchange for a severed head is quite the moral battle.
Painting by Lovis Corinth - Salome (1899)
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http://histoiredeloeil.erog.fr/categorie-11386143.html

 

It was the artists of the Renaissance (a revival of or renewed interest in something) that fully explored the visual potential of this gruesome tale.
PHOTO: It was the artists of the Renaissance (a revival of or renewed interest in something) that fully explored the visual potential of this gruesome tale.
Painting by Lovis Corinth - Salome (1899)
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http://histoiredeloeil.erog.fr/categorie-11386143.html



Clearly Salome has tempted the heart of more than just Herod and Renaissance artists. She is still referenced commonly throughout the arts, with mentions ranging from a play written by Oscar Wilde to songs by hip hop artists such as Deca. I guess life-sucking temptresses are impervious to the changing times and will continue to be at the cornerstone of dysfunctional relationships for centuries to come.

Girl power...?



Salome (2011)
PHOTO: Salome (2011)
Salome has tempted the heart of more than just Herod and Renaissance artists. She is still referenced commonly throughout the arts, with mentions ranging from a play written by Oscar Wilde to songs by hip hop artists such as Deca.
Painting by Roberto Ferri (born in 1978)
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Kathryn Stanley as Salome