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Saint John the Baptist (Left Panel)
Jan de Beer and workshop

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 Jan de Beer and workshop
Artist dates documented 1491; died 1527/8
Full title Saint John the Baptist (Left Panel)
Group Triptych: The Virgin and Child with Saints
Date made about 1515-20
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 145.2 x 47.4 cm
Acquisition credit On loan from Longford Castle collection
Inventory number L1100.2
Location in Gallery Not on display
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Triptych: The Virgin and Child with Saints