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Saint John the Baptist preaching in the Wilderness
Pier Francesco Mola

Saint John the Baptist, wearing furs, with his reed cross lying beside him, points to the figure of Christ in the background at the extreme right. New Testament (Luke 3: 1-17).

Mola painted this subject several times. For this painting a date of around 1640 is likely.

Key facts
Artist Pier Francesco Mola
Artist dates 1612 - 1666
Full title Saint John the Baptist preaching in the Wilderness
Date made about 1640
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 54 x 70 cm
Acquisition credit Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number NG69
Location in Gallery Not on display
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