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Christ, the Virgin, and Saint John the Baptist with Saints Paul and Catherine

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1520/25

Artist:

Marcantonio Raimondi
Italian, c. 1480-1534

About this artwork

Marcantonio Raimondi’s gleaming yet darkly printed engraving shows an unusual saintly grouping. Here the adult Saint John the Baptist sits enthroned with the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ in a cloud of glory. John had played a vital role in preparing Christ for the Crucifixion by baptizing him in the river Jordan. The Baptist’s subsequent martyrdom by beheading then elevated him to preside alongside Christ. The saints shown below, Paul and Catherine, underwent their own conversion experiences and martyrdoms: Paul changed from an avid persecutor to a converter of Christians, and Catherine survived torture on the wheel in God’s name.

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Artist

Marcantonio Raimondi

Title

Christ, the Virgin, and Saint John the Baptist with Saints Paul and Catherine

Origin

Italy

Date

Made 1520–1525

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

425 x 290 mm (image/plate); 430 x 295 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1944.619

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