The saint is shown in the wilderness, dressed in animal skins, holding a reed cross and drinking from a fountain. Once attributed to Caravaggio or one of his followers, the picture may have been painted in the mid-17th century, probably in Rome.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
Saint John the Baptist
Date made
probably 1640-60
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
77.8 x 62.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Dame Joan Evans, 1979
Inventory number
NG6455
Location in Gallery