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Circle of Annibale Carracci: 'Saint John the Baptist seated in the Wilderness'

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Room A: Paintings after 1600

The saint is collecting water from a spring, an allusion to his baptising activity in the River Jordan. The words inscribed on the scroll, 'Behold the Lamb of God' (John 1: 29), were spoken by John when Jesus came to be baptised by him.

Formerly attributed to Annibale Carracci, the painting is now thought to be by one of his pupils.

X-radiographs reveal what appears to be a landscape with figures beneath the present composition.

The painting was purchased from the Angerstein collection.

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