Murillo depicted Saint John the Baptist many times, almost always as a child with a lamb, a symbol of Christ. This work is the companion piece to the 'Infant Christ as the Good Shepherd' (private collection), whose history it shared until 1840. The two pictures decorated the altar erected in the Plaza de Santa María la Blanca in Seville during the festivities for the church's inauguration in 1665, and were painted shortly before.

The inscription is taken from the New Testament (John 1: 29 and 36).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1617 - 1682
Full title
The Infant Saint John with the Lamb
Date made
1660-5
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
165 x 106 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1840
Inventory number
NG176
Location in Gallery