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St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist

c. 1505

Giulio Campagnola

(Italian, 1482-1515)

Engraving

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

Description

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
Collection: 
PR - Engraving
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Engraving
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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