Caravaggio 1573 – 1610

St John the Baptist (1609/10)

oil on canvas (159 × 124 cm) — 1609 or 1610 Museum Galleria Borghese, Rome

Caravaggio biography

This work is linked to Matthew 3:1

This version of The Baptist was made while Caravaggio was staying in Naples, before he undertook his last journey to Rome. The prophet John is shown with his usual attributes: a sheep (or lamb) and a walking stick.

Other John the Baptists by Caravaggio: 1602 and 1604.

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