Aug 25, 2006

Saint John the Baptist

Saint John the Baptist

c. 1505

Giulio Campagnola

(Italian, 1482–1515)


Image: 34.3 x 23.7 cm (13 1/2 x 9 5/16 in.); Sheet: 34.3 x 23.7 cm (13 1/2 x 9 5/16 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1934.247

Catalogue raisonné: Hind V(II).201.12 ; Bartsch XIII.371.3 ; Passavant V.164.3 ; Le Blanc I.574.3


Did you know?

The small bowl held by the saint signifies his role as baptizer of Christ.


Slender and weathered from preaching in the wilderness where he lived on locusts and wild honey, John the Baptist carries a bowl of water, symbolizing his role as the baptizer of Christ. In this print, Campagnola combined engraved lines with his innovative stipple technique, in which tiny dots softly shade the surface of the saint’s body and produce the hazy atmosphere of the rustic landscape.

See also
PR - Engraving
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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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