St. John the Baptist

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  • John the Baptist
  • View: Overall view without frame

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Title

St. John the Baptist
John the Baptist
View: Overall view without frame

Subject

New Testament; John, the Baptist, Saint

Description

The date of the John the Baptist in the Galleria Borghese is disputed: it was long thought to have been acquired by Cardinal Scipione Borghese some time between his own arrival in Rome in 1605 and Caravaggio's flight from the city in 1606, but Roberto Longhi dated it to the artist's Sicilian period (a date post-1608) on the basis of similarities in handling and colour. Longhi's view has gained increasing acceptance, with a consensus in favour of 1610 emerging in recent years. The painting shows a boy slumped against a dark background, where a sheep nibbles at a dull brown vine. The boy is immersed in a reverie: perhaps as Saint John he is lost in private melancholy, contemplating the coming sacrifice of Christ; or perhaps as a real-life street-kid called on to model for hours he is merely bored. As so often with Caravaggio, the sense is of both at once.

Creator

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian painter, 1571-1610)

Source

Description: Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Date

ca. 1610 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

publicDomain

Format

oil on canvas

Type

painting (visual work)

Identifier

cara071x.jpg

Coverage

Galleria Borghese (Rome, Lazio, Italy); Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5
Baroque

Files

Citation

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian painter, 1571-1610), “St. John the Baptist,” Institute Images Online, accessed October 19, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2838.

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