Lorenzo and Jacopo Salimbeni, The Disciples Take John's Body, from The Life of John the Baptist

Oratory of St. John the Baptist, Urbino, Italy

From Matthew 14:12 and the similar wording in Mark 6:29 ("Which [i.e. the beheading] his disciples hearing came, and took his body, and laid it in a tomb"). The body is still dressed in John's customary tunic of camel's hair.

Though most of the left side of this panel is lost, one can make out Salome carrying the head of John on a platter to her mother (Matthew 14:11). Salome probably, and the bystanders behind her certainly, are wearing contemporary clothing, whereas the disciples are dressed in apostolic-era cloaks over dalmatics. Unlike the baptism of Jesus panel, which used the two kinds of clothing to draw all the witnesses into one atemporal body, this panel uses them to differentiate the luxury and concupiscence of contemporaries from the virtuous disciples of old.

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