Have you heard of the Eve of St. Agnes? I hadn’t before I read the Keats poem. It’s filled with exquisite detail. So no wonder it’s inspired so many artists. I also didn’t know it helped spur the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
After identifying Judith you might ask, okay so how do you know if it’s Salome? It’s a little easier. But unlike Judith, Salome is more of a background character. A pawn. But from famous paintings, you might not think so.
So here’s a thing you may see at museums: lovely ladies with luscious locks with a chopped off head in tow.
It’s a strangely common trope. Once you notice it, you’ll see it everywhere. Who are these women? Why are they chopping off dudes heads and looking quite chummy about it, too?