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

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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.

Other paintings in this group: S. Niccolò Altarpiece, Padua

The Virgin and Child Enthroned
Giorgio Schiavone
probably about 1456-61
The Virgin and Child Enthroned
Saint Bernardino
Giorgio Schiavone
probably about 1456-61
Saint Bernardino
Saint Anthony of Padua
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Saint Anthony of Padua
Saint Peter Martyr
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Saint Peter Martyr
The Pietà
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
The Pietà
Saint Jerome
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Saint Jerome
Saint Catherine
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Saint Catherine
Saint Sebastian
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Saint Sebastian
A Female Saint
Giorgio Schiavone
probably about 1456-61
A Female Saint

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