Salome and the Canons

Rosie will have the final word on this article, but here are a few questions to mull over.  Whose story does Seidel think is being told on the capitals of St. Etienne at Toulouse?  Who was the audience for these capitals and how does that impact the style of narrative adopted?  What is the relationship between St. John the Baptist and Christ and how does that color the reading of the Feast of Herod and its aftermath?  Finally, how is Salome characterized on the two sets of capitals and do you agree with Seidel’s interpretation?

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2 responses

  1. A couple of things…
    First, please put the thesis at the beginning! Not the end!!!
    I would have liked to cover a few “big picture” bases before jumping right into a close-reading of the art. I would have felt more grounded to understand the work in its context.

    Why is religious art predominant? I feel like this question has a simple, obvious answer, but I still think it merits a quick discussion.

    How is scripture/liturgy supplemented by art? How does this relate to literacy? Again, simple and obvious, but necessary groundwork for the article.

    “Aspects of the story, and consequentially the image, would have provoked associations with practical experiences for the contemporary viewer….” (41) Let’s discuss!!!

  2. At first, I was a bit uncertain about the author’s approach to biblical interpretation. I questioned if her interpretation of biblical figures was sound, since she is an art historian and not a biblical scholar. But, I think that she needed the arguement setting up John the Baptist in order to make her art historical argument.

    someone should explain to me the sexual connotations of dismemberment. please.

    I agree with Ellie that if the author had placed the thesis at the front of the text, it would have made the background information more interesting.

    I would like to discuss the dance FOR the head versus the dance WITH the head

    I would also like to discuss the repition of saint john’s head. Is this more about symbolism, continued narrative, or something else? Why repeat?

    I thought it was keen of the author to comment on the historical uses of Allegory, and how it was popular during medieval times, in order to support her use of Allegory in her reading of Salome

    I definitely want to discuss Salome as temptress and agent of salvation. What an interesting contrast!

    I want to talk about women as bells. To be heard but not touched. That seemed to be the conclusion of the article. What I think is interesting is that Salome performed the dance but assumedly did not perform any sexual acts. This falls under the “look but don’t touch” rule, however, Herod still killed John the Baptist for her. A sin was still committed out of lust, so how can the representation of the two tell the moral that women are a test if Herod failed the test anyway?

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