Beheading of St John the Baptist
Public Art : Beheading of St John the Baptist
Sculptor : © Vincenzo Danti (1530–1576)
Description: This bronze group was created by
Renaissance sculptor Danti between 1569-71 and depicts the beheading of St John the Baptist with St John kneeling
in the middle (hands clasped in prayer) waiting for the sword of the executioner on the right to fall. Salome is on
the left with hand sligtly raised as though in readiness of what is to come.
Unveiled : 1571
Location : The group was originally above the bronze
door of the south entrance of the Battistero di San Giovanni (Florence Baptistery) but currently resides (following
restoration in 2008) in the Opera del Duomo Museum , Florence, Italy.
Trivia : Despite the competition for the Neptune
Fountain (1560) being fought between two well known sculptors, Bartolomeo Ammanati and Cellini, Danti decided
to try his luck and place his design.
Danti is commonly known as Michelangelo's apprentice despite the fact they never worked
Not everything Danti did was a success. He once attempted and failed three times in the
creation of the group of large bronze statues of Hercules and Antaeus.