The Baptist is depicted filling his bowl with water from a spring. His cross, faintly indicated in gold, may be discerned in the shadows behind him. The subject, involving an under-dressed young male in wild scenery, is one which Leonardo made popular. Piazza worked at Lodi near Milan.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active about 1513 - 1522
Full title
Saint John the Baptist in the Desert
Date made
1513-22
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
69.2 x 52.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1883
Inventory number
NG1152
Location in Gallery