Christ baptising Saint John Martyr

The church of S. Daniele, Venice (now demolished), held the body of Saint John Martyr, Duke of Alexandria (Alexandretta), which had been transported to Venice in 1214 from Constantinople.

He was said to have been miraculously baptised by Christ in prison, but his cult was local and unofficial, as this legend had been taken over from that of Saint Procopius of Caesarea.

Key facts

Artist dates
1500 - 1571
Full title
Christ baptising Saint John Martyr
Date made
about 1565
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
63.5 x 70.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery