Death of St John the Baptist : Herod’s Banquet
La Daurade - 1st workshop
According to the Old Testament, having succumbed to the charms of his stepdaughter Salome, manipulated by his wife Herodias, King Herod ordered the killing of John the Baptiste who had dared criticise the queen. The trestle table in front of the king appears to tip toward the viewer. Herod is very static and barely expressive, if at all. However, the scene is clearly legible. It is particularly interesting when compared with the second capital, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, carved perhaps thirty years later for the cloister of Saint Etienne Cathedral.