Betrayed (Head of John the Baptist)

CCAC #: 0079
Artwork title: Betrayed (Head of John the Baptist)
Artist(s): Dumile Feni
Year made: c. 1968
Artwork type: Paper
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions (mm): 335 x 445
Framed dimensions (in mm): 815 x 545 x 50
Source: Donated by Albie Sachs
Year acquired: 2004
Installation type: Movable artwork
Location area: On public display

Feni was born to devout Christian Xhosa parents in Worcester, Western Cape. It might have been his religious upbringing and possible exposure to Salome receives the Head of John the Baptist by Caravaggio, whilst in exile in London, that inspired this work. It also evokes other paintings of the biblical beheading of John the Baptist

CCAC 429878

Photographer: Ben Law-Viljoen
Photo copyright: CCT

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