Saint John the Baptist, wearing furs, with his reed cross lying beside him, points to the figure of Christ in the background at the extreme right. New Testament (Luke 3: 1-17).

Mola painted this subject several times. For this painting a date of around 1640 is likely.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1612 - 1666
Full title
Saint John the Baptist preaching in the Wilderness
Date made
about 1640
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
54 x 70 cm
Acquisition credit
Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number
NG69
Location in Gallery