Saint John the Baptist; Saint Lucy

Perugino (Pietro di Cristoforo Vannucci) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 609

These two panels are from an enormous double-sided altarpiece on the high altar of the church of Santissima Annunziata, Florence. Begun by Filippino Lippi in 1502, it was completed after his death by Perugino. The altarpiece had the form of a Roman triumphal arch, with large scenes flanked by Perugino’s standing saints, which are notable for the subdued coloring and subtle treatment of light. For more about these paintings, including a reconstruction of the altarpiece, visit their collection records at The Met website.

Saint John the Baptist; Saint Lucy, Perugino (Pietro di Cristoforo Vannucci) (Italian, Città della Pieve, active by 1469–died 1523 Fontignano), Oil(?) on wood

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Saint John the Baptist (1981.293.1)