Michele Desubleo

Saint John the Baptist

Saint John the Baptist by Michele Desubleo

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Caravaggistic in style, St John the Baptist is shown in contemplative pose, his figure painted very close to the picture plane. Caravaggio painted several versions of the saint, typically including a swathe of draped red cloth which sets off the creamy-golden tones of the saint's flesh. John the Baptist's garment of animal skins indicates his life as a hermit. His traditional attributes are the reed cross which symbolises his faith, and sometimes a honeycomb, which along with locusts, was his food in the desert.

Title
Saint John the Baptist
Artist/creator
Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
1213 x 956 x 80 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Sir George Grey, 1887
Accession no
1887/1/4
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
On display

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