Saint John the Baptist (Left Panel)

The rich and detailed execution of this altarpiece implies it was an important commission. The presence of so many books and figures reading suggests it was painted for a cultivated patron, and perhaps a woman as all the saints around the holy family and the infant Saint John are female.

The elaborate throne combines Gothic and Italian Renaissance elements, such as sculptural reliefs with nude figures and statues of putti, or winged infants. John the Baptist appears on the left shutter with a scene of his preaching in the foreground, while the right shutter depicts John the Evangelist and his vision on the island of Patmos.

Key facts

Artist dates
documented 1491; died 1527/8
Full title
Saint John the Baptist (Left Panel)
Date made
about 1515-20
Medium and support
Oil on wood
145.2 x 47.4 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from Longford Castle collection
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Triptych: The Virgin and Child with Saints

Jan de Beer and workshop
about 1515-20
Jan de Beer and workshop, Saint John the Evangelist (Right Panel), about 1515-20