Description of the artwork «The Dance of Salome or the Golden Butterflies (1923)»
Salome, the granddaughter of Herod the Great, daughter of Herodias and Herod Boethus, went down in history as a dancer who so impressed her stepfather Herod Antipas with her dancing that she gained the execution of John the Baptist. Whether Salome was a historical person is not fully known, but it is assumed that at the time of the events described, she was about 15 years old, perhaps less. Brought up by her depraved mother, young Salome was not ashamed to perform an indecent, voluptuous dance in the nude. Her stepfather, seeing the delight of the guests, promised her any reward she wished, up to half his kingdom! And she, at the instigation of her mother, said, Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist. And the king was grieved; but for the sake of his oaths and those who were reclining with him, he commanded me to give it to her, and he sent them to cut off John's head in the prison. And they brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the maiden, and she took it to her mother. (Matthew 14:8-11).