Friday, June 16, 2017

St John in the Wilderness (1510-1515)

St John in the Wilderness (1510-1515)
Leonardo da Vinci 1452 – 1519
oil on panel (115 × 177 cm) — 1510-1515
John 1:15 - John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
John the Baptist sits in the wilderness. With his left arm he holds a staaf. His right hand points to heaven, perhaps to indicate that baptism is the first step to the kingdom of heaven.

On John's head is a laurel wreath and with his left hand he holds a bunch of grapes. These attributes may have been added later to change John into Bacchus, the god of wine.

The painting was probably not made by the master himself but by one of his students in his workshop, Francesco Melzi. It was later transfered from panel to canvas.
>>>> John the Baptist

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