Friday, June 16, 2017

John the Baptist in the Wilderness (c. 1490)

John the Baptist in the Wilderness (c. 1490)
Geertgen tot Sint Jans ca. 1460/65 – ca. 1488/93
oil on panel (42 × 28 cm) — c. 1490
Luke 3:2 - Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
Also known as Saint John meditating. This is one of Geertgen's most notable works. The draping of his cloth seems to melt against the curves of the landscape.

The lamb with its aureole is the Baptist's traditional attribute, the Lamb of God that symbolizes Jesus. John is dressed in a habit made out of camel hair.

The lovely landscape may be Geertgen's depiction of the Jordan river valley, the area where John acted as prophet and where he baptised converts.
>>>> John the Baptist

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