Saint John the Baptist Bearing Witness

Annibale Carracci Italian

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Annibale launched the vogue for landscapes in which nature is transformed by the imagination into an idyllic setting for religious or mythological stories. The subject of this picture is based on the Gospel of John: "The next day John [the Baptist] seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." The event preceded the baptism of Jesus by John. This beautifully preserved work was described in 1678 in the collection of the Farnese family in Parma and was later part of the Orléans collection in Paris.

Saint John the Baptist Bearing Witness, Annibale Carracci (Italian, Bologna 1560–1609 Rome), Oil on copper

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