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Salome and the head of John the Baptist, in pastels

Posted On: Sunday 28th October 2012
Summary: a small pastel done during a performance of Salome at the Royal Opera House

Blog Tags: Painting in London   Pastels painting   People   People in paintings   

blood and john the baptistI've got more to show from Italy and Tewkesbury, but just in case your'e falling asleep, this is a small pastel done several months ago during a performance of Strauss's opera, "Salome".
Salome here is sitting on the steps onstage with the severed head of John the Baptist in her lap. Lots of artificial blood everywhere including  on her as the soprano belts out a sort of belated love song in German.

I must sound a Philistine when it comes to music, but actually it was a rather powerful drama exploring the themes of sex, power and religion. It doesn't stick strictly to the story in the Bible, but nonetheless, is a rather interesting take from the pen of Oscar Wilde.

My cousin plays in the ROH "band" BTW.

Back to calmer waters tomorrow.



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