The Daughter of Herodias

Image credit: The National Gallery, London

How you can use this image

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised. Any other type of use will need to be cleared with the rights holder(s).

Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.

The collection that owns the artwork may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.

Buy a print or image licence

You can purchase this reproduction

If you have any products in your basket we recommend that you complete your purchase from Art UK before you leave our site to avoid losing your purchases.


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

A young woman is moving towards an open window or door through which a hilly landscape can be seen. She turns to look back at us over her shoulder, her arm parallel with a stone parapet on which the date 1510 is written. On a metal salver she carries the greyish-green severed head of a man. The woman’s expression is hard to read – her lips are pressed closed but her eyes glint with moisture and emotion. Her identity is not entirely clear – she could be Salome with the head of John the Baptist or Judith with the head of Holofernes.

We do not know who commissioned this painting, which the young Sebastiano painted shortly before he moved permanently to Rome. The atmospheric rendering of the landscape view reveals the influence of his older colleagues Giovanni Bellini and especially Giorgione, with whom Sebastiano appears to have been close.

The National Gallery, London



The Daughter of Herodias




Oil on wood


H 54.9 x W 44.5 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

Salting Bequest, 1910

Work type



See a tag that’s incorrect or offensive? Challenge it and notify Art UK.

Help improve Art UK. Tag artworks and verify existing tags by joining the Tagger community.

Normally on display at

The National Gallery, London

Trafalgar Square, London, Greater London WC2N 5DN England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue