Saint John the Baptist
This painting is part of the group: S. Niccolò Altarpiece, Padua

This section of an altarpiece showing Saint John the Baptist is probably a comparatively early work by Schiavone. It is thought to come from S. Niccolò, Padua.

John was the prophet who preached the coming of Christ as the Messiah. He was related to Jesus through his mother Saint Elizabeth, cousin of the Virgin Mary.

John preached in the desert, and performed baptisms in the river Jordan for those who repented their sins. It is here that Jesus came to be baptised, and was revealed as the Son of God; this was the most important act of John's life.

John lived as a hermit and he is typically shown with a hermit's staff, a scroll and dressed in animal skins.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1436/7 - 1504
Full title
Saint John the Baptist
Group
Date made
probably 1456-61
Medium and support
Tempera on wood
Dimensions
72 x 25.5 cm
Inscription summary
Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
NG630.5
Location in Gallery

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Giorgio Schiavone
probably about 1456-61
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably about 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Bernardino'
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Giorgio Schiavone
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Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Anthony of Padua'
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Peter Martyr'
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'The Pietà'
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Jerome'
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Catherine'
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Sebastian'
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably about 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'A Female Saint'