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Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness

Biagio d'Antonio da Firenze, Italian (active Florence, Rome, and Faenza), documented 1476 - 1504

Made in Italy, Europe

Early 1480s

Tempera on panel

11 1/8 x 7 3/4 inches (28.3 x 19.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 209, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 77

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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John the Baptist is the patron saint of Florence, and each year on June 24 festive celebrations are held in his honor. Here, on this right wing of a diptych (a two-paneled painting that could be folded), he is shown in the wilderness wearing a camel-hair shirt.

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