Saint John the Baptist Bearing Witness

Workshop of Francesco Granacci Italian

Not on view

This picture and its companion panel (also in this gallery) illustrate episodes from the life of Saint John the Baptist, who preached about the coming of Jesus. Architecture and landscape are used to frame and divide the individual scenes, enabling the viewer to follow the story. The central scene here shows John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness. Painted to decorate a room in the Tornabuoni family palace in Florence, the panels are by more than one artist. Figures in this scene have reminded some scholars of the work of Michelangelo, who was a friend of Granacci’s (they had been fellow pupils in the workshop of Domenico Ghirlandaio), and he may have been involved in some capacity.

Saint John the Baptist Bearing Witness, Workshop of Francesco Granacci (Italian, Villamagna 1469–1543 Florence), Oil and gold on wood

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