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Philipp Modrow (German, 1882-1925) Bronze Sculpture of Salome(344 views)
PHILIPP MODROW (GERMAN, 1882-1925) BRONZE SCULPTURE OF SALOME WITH THE HEAD OF JOHN THE BAPTIST
Early 20th Century, signed "Morrow fer" with foundry inscription
Item # 411ULO15P
A rare work from a rather obscure sculptor, this example captures the famous Biblical scene of Salome with John the Baptist's head. Herod's second wife, Herodias, originally the wife of his brother Philip, had her daughter Salome dance before Herod and his entire court in hopes of manipulating him against John the Baptist. John was outspoken in his reproach of Herod for taking his brother's wife and Herodias wanted him executed for this, though Herod would not comply. However, greatly pleased by her dancing and drunk with his guests, Herod promised to give Salome anything she asked for, up to half of his kingdom. Salome asked to have the head of John the Baptist on a plate, as he was presently held in the king's prisons. Placed in an awkward position in front of his court, he was forced to grant her request despite his own personal objections. The scene is moving in it's exceptional rendering of Salome's careless and selfish nature. She clutches her prize with a certain grotesque pleasure, an unsettling image of one so led astray for the vengeance of her mother to an empty and ugly result. Modrow has sculpted her ingeniously to be equal parts beautiful and repulsive. She stands before a naturalistic rock backdrop. The sculpture is signed on the right and impressed by the foundry on the left. The back is finished with a patinated copper plate. The little known artist is documented in the E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists (Grund, Vol. IX, p. 1080) as being the student of Emil Cauer Jr. and that he is noted for his 1923 sculpture "Monument to Spengler" in Davos, where he died in December of 1925.
Patina loss and blemish to Salome's torso; other minor wear to extremities including nose. Surface variation in patina. Patinated copper backplate with some light dents. Overall a very striking work in fine condition. We have 21 detailed pictures of this sculpture available on our primary website.
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Dimensions: 22" H x 6" D x 7 1/2" W
Artist or Maker: PHILIPP MODROW (GERMAN, 1882-1925)
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