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Salome Dancing before Herod (so-called “Salome Tattooed”)

Gustave Moreau
1874

From an account by Robert de Montesquiou:

“I found an admirable costume for a Salome,” he told his friend after one of those supreme nights during which he fought the last fight. And he drew with a lean and luminous finger, within the contours of the tunic, something like a confining network of signs and rinceaux, whose mysterious tracings and cabalistic meanderings he had apparently retrieved that very night, unable to sleep, from the realm of the Invisible.

Model made of wood, wax and fabric for “Salome”

Gustave Moreau
1874-75