Christ embracing Saint John the Baptist

John the Baptist is shown in his camel-skin garment and carrying a reed cross. He was a few months older than Jesus. The two are often shown as youths, prior to the moment when John baptised Jesus in the River Jordan.

The painting is a late work of Guido Reni. He had treated the subject once before in a larger full-length painting now in the church of the Gerolamini in Naples (about 1612).

Key facts

Artist dates
1575 - 1642
Full title
Christ embracing Saint John the Baptist
Date made
about 1640
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
48.5 x 68.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1844
Inventory number
Location in Gallery