Saint John the Baptist Seated in a Landscape

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Title

Saint John the Baptist Seated in a Landscape
Bacchus
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Subject

deities; human figure; landscape; mythology (Classical); New Testament; saints; Dionysus (Greek deity); John, the Baptist, Saint

Description

This painting was first described in the French royal inventory as Saint John the Baptist in the Desert, then at the end of the 17th century, possibly as the result of a restoration, as Bacchus in a Landscape. Like Leonardo's half-length portrait Saint John the Baptist, it is a syncretic work. The index finger pointing upward toward a divine sign and the deer are Christian symbols. The thyrsis, the crown of vine leaves or ivy, the bunch of grapes, and the panther skin are attributes of Bacchus. It is thought that the painting was executed by one of Leonardo's pupils from a composition contained in a drawing attributed to the master (ex-Museo Baroffio, Varese, stolen 1973) dating from 1510-1513.

Creator

workshop of Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519)

Source

Description: Louvre Museum [website]; http://www.louvre.fr/

Date

ca. 1510-1513 (design)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

William Fredlund

Format

oil paint on wood panel (later transferred to canvas)
1.77 m (height) x 1.15 m (width)

Type

painting (visual work)

Identifier

leon091x.jpg

Coverage

Musée du Louvre (Paris, Île-de-France, France) INV 780; 1st arrondissement; Collection of Francis I
Renaissance

Files

Citation

workshop of Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519), “Saint John the Baptist Seated in a Landscape,” Institute Images Online, accessed October 19, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2933.

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