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The Feast of Herod (after Peter Paul Rubens)
102 x 127 cm
National Galleries of Scotland
Acc. No. GMA 4291, © Calum Colvin
(Curatorial caption, accessed 23 November 2014)
This photograph is based on 'The Feast of Herod' by Rubens, which is in the collection of the Scottish National Gallery. The photograph is one of a series based on works from the collection, in which Colvin aimed to show the relevance of the paintings to modern life. There is humour in the photograph, such as the severed head of John the Baptist being presented on a wheeled trolley. The figure at the end of the table is a self-portrait of the artist, sitting in the place where Herod sat in the original painting.