Sunday, July 1, 2018

01 Works, RELIGIOUS ART - CONTEMPORARY & 20th Century Interpretation of the Bible! With Footnotes - 26

Richard Williams, (American, 20th Century)
Salome, 2016
Oil on canvas
48 x 30 in.
Private collection

Salome was the daughter of Herod II and Herodias. She is infamous for demanding and receiving the head of John the Baptist, according to the New Testament. According to Flavius Josephus's Jewish Antiquities, Salome was first married to Philip the Tetrarch of Ituraea and Trakonitis. After Philip's death in 34 AD she married Aristobulus of Chalcis and became queen of Chalcis and Armenia Minor. They had three children. Three coins with portraits of Aristobulus and Salome have been found. Her name in Hebrew meaning "peace". More on Salome

Richard Williams' illustration work has appeared in many national magazines, most notably MAD Magazine for whom he was the cover artist during the 1980s. He has also illustrated children’s books and painted covers for many young adult books such as Encyclopedia Brown.

A partial list of his clients include: IBM, NBC television, Hallmark Cards, Nabisco, Chesebrough-Pond, Mad magazine, Esquire, MS, Reader's Digest, TV Guide, Time, Family Circle, Parents, Field & Stream, Women’s Day, Atlantic Monthly, Guideposts, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Forbes, Bantam books, Simon & Schuster, Holiday House, Dell pub., Doubleday pub., Scholastic Books, Harper Collins, Putnam pub., Clarion Books, MacMillan press, Ballantine, Atheneum Books, David C. Cooke Pub., EP Dutton, Recorded Books, Henry Holt, Aladdin Books, Canard Design, Abrams Art Books, National Park Service, Della Femina McNamee, Drambuie, Strathmore Paper, and the Library of Congress.

His paintings have been purchased by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Howard Stern and are in the collections of the Society of Illustrators and the Library of Congress.

Richard Williams holds a master's degree in illustration from Syracuse University. More on Richard Williams' 



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