Saint John the Baptist

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  • Saint John the Baptist
  • St. John the Baptist
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Title

Saint John the Baptist
St. John the Baptist
View: Overall view

Subject

human figure; New Testament; saints; John, the Baptist, Saint; sfumato; atmospheric

Description

St. John the Baptist, the Herald, the Forerunner of Christ was also "He who came to the Light." Leonardo da Vinci conveyed this theme through the gesture of the index finger pointing heavenward and the spiraling body emerging into the light. The face of St. John the Baptist with its gentle smile is androgynous, in accordance with a doctrine identifying the Forerunner as the New Adam, who was created with a dual nature. Although the St. John was at one time assumed to be the last of Leonardo’s surviving paintings, it now seems more likely that the Virgin and Child with St Anne and a Lamb (Paris, Louvre) occupies this place.

Creator

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian painter, 1452-1519)

Source

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

Date

ca. 1508-1513 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

William Fredlund

Format

oil paint on wood panel
69 cm (height) x 57 cm (width)

Type

painting (visual work)

Identifier

leon092x.jpg

Coverage

Musée du Louvre (Paris, Île-de-France, France) INV 775; 1st arrondissement
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian painter, 1452-1519), “Saint John the Baptist,” Institute Images Online, accessed October 19, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2934.

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