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St John the Bapist
17th Century
Michelangelo CARAVAGGIO
Born 1571 Italy, Died 1610
St John the Bapist
[San Giovannino]
Oil on canvas
97 x 131.5 cm  [HxW]
Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Corsini, Roma

St John was a prophet and messenger of Christ who chose penance in the desert. Carravaggio used dramatic lighting from above, a closely-cropped image, dramatic colour and deep shadow to depict the saint as a rough Roman street boy. As his reddened hand grasps the reed cross, he turns to hear the voice of God.

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