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Saint John the Baptist

Valentin de Boulogne French

Not on view

Angelo Giori (1586–1662) acquired this picture and a companion painting of Saint Jerome (on view in this gallery) to decorate a church he built in his native Camerino, in central Italy. Interestingly, although he was portrayed by Valentin (in a picture shown in another gallery) and must have known the artist well, Giori bought these two pictures, already framed, from a dealer. The two ascetic figures—Saint John addressing the viewer, Saint Jerome turning his head heavenward—were clearly conceived as complementary. The loan has been made for this exhibition despite the fact that the Church of Santa Maria in Via was severely damaged by the August 24, 2016, earthquake.

Saint John the Baptist, Valentin de Boulogne (French, Coulommiers-en-Brie 1591–1632 Rome), Oil on canvas

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