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Saint John the Baptist Pointing to Christ

A work made of oil on canvas.
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Date:

c. 1655

Artist:

Bartolomé Estéban Murillo
Spanish, 1617–1682

About this artwork

This is one of four large canvases devoted to the life of Saint John the Baptist that Bartolomé Esteban Murillo painted for the convent of San Leandro in his native Seville, Spain. Inscriptions from the gospels of John and Luke, accompanied by the animal symbols of these evangelists, float in the sky and attest to the Baptist’s role in preparing the way for Christ. When he painted this series, Murillo was transitioning away from the hard edges and dramatic shading, called chiaroscuro, inspired by Francisco de Zurbarán toward softer, more vaporous effects.

Status

On View, Gallery 211

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Bartolomé Estéban Murillo

Title

Saint John the Baptist Pointing to Christ

Place

Spain (Artist's nationality)

Date

1650–1660

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

106 3/8 × 72 5/8 in. (270.2 × 184.5 cm)

Credit Line

Louise B. and Frank H. Woods Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1960.2

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