Herodias (1886) by the Russian painter Iwan Nikolajewitsch Kramskoj (1837-1887).
Kramskoj depicts here Herodias the mother of Salome who was the mastermind behind the intrigue against John the Baptist. But in legend and in art she is frequently mixed up with Salome.
Anyway, the woman here is looking triumphantly at the head of her adversary. It seems that she’s talking to him.
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