Recognising saints: lamb

A lamb is the common attribute of Saint John the Baptist

Saint John the Baptist is represented with a lamb to symbolise his recognition of Jesus as the Son of God. 

When John baptised Jesus in the River Jordan he said ‘Behold, the Lamb of God’ (John 1: 36).

Hans Memling, 'Saint John the Baptist', about 1480
Hans Memling, Saint John the Baptist, about 1480 

Painting
Hans Memling
about 1480

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Bartolomé Esteban Murillo: 'The Infant Saint John with the Lamb'
The Infant Saint John with the Lamb
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo