Saint John the Baptist

This left-hand shutter forms part of a triptych, which was probably commissioned from Memling in Bruges by Sir John Donne of Kidwelly, a Welshman resident in Calais, in the late 1470s.

The shutter shows Saint John the Baptist, Sir John Donne's name-saint. The figure on the reverse shows Saint Christopher, painted to resemble a statue.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1465; died 1494
Full title
Saint John the Baptist
Date made
about 1478
Medium and support
Oil on oak
71 x 30.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Acquired under the terms of the Finance Act from the Duke of Devonshire's Collection, 1957
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Donne Triptych

Hans Memling
about 1478
Hans Memling: 'The Donne Triptych'
Hans Memling
about 1478
Hans Memling: 'Saint John the Evangelist'