Domenico Ghirlandaio 1449 – 1494

Zacharias writes John's name

fresco (c. 300 × 450 cm) — 1486-1490 Museum Santa Maria Novella, Florence

This work is linked to Luke 1:63

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Everybody expected that the child would be named after his father. But Elisabeth insisted he should be named John, which made people wonder about Zacharias being the father or not. Zacharias sat down and wrote on a table: "His name is John". He then immediately regained speech, which he had lost when the angel announced his son's birth to him.

This fresco is part of the series Ghirlandaio made in the Tornabuoni family chapel in the church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. All works are about the life of John the Baptist.

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