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Saint John the Baptist

Date:
15th–16th century
Geography:
Made in Franconia, German
Culture:
German
Medium:
Limewood with paint and gilding
Dimensions:
Overall: 44 5/8 x 12 1/2 x 8 3/8 in. (113.3 x 31.8 x 21.3 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Wood
Credit Line:
Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.190.91
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
As forerunner to the coming of Christ, Saint John the Baptist holds a lamb, which symbolizes Christ as the Lamb of God. This sculpture and the statue of Saint John the Evangelist located on the other side of the doorway were two of four statues from a large carved retable.
Attilio Simonetti, New York (in 1912-1913); George and Florence Blumenthal, Paris and New York (by 1926-1941)
Rubinstein-Bloch, Stella. Catalogue of the Collection of George and Florence Blumenthal, New York: Volume 2, Sculpture and Bronzes, Mediaeval and Renaissance. Paris: A. Lévy, 1926. pl. XXIV.



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