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Saint John the Baptist

15th–16th century
Made in Franconia, German
Limewood with paint and gilding
Overall: 44 5/8 x 12 1/2 x 8 3/8 in. (113.3 x 31.8 x 21.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
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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