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Italian Renaissance Marble Statue of Saint John the Baptist c.1550 (Later Inscription of 1612)


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A striking Renaissance marble statue depicting Saint John the Baptist wearing a camels pelt with a lamb at his feet. c.1550 (or possibly earlier)

The lower Italian inscription roughly translates: “S. G . B. NTRO PROTETO RE ALA CONPAGNIA DIL CARRO DEL VENTO 1612”: “Saint John the Baptist (San Giovanni Battista) our protector at the chariot of the wind society”. The inscription was more than likely added at a later date in 1612.

Saint John the Baptist first mentioned in the “The fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar” is most understood as a reference to A.D. 29.

By the 6th Century A.D. the iconographic representation of Saint John was widespread. 

A superb and dramatic piece.

  • Width: 33 cm (12.99″)
  • Height: 83 cm (32.68″)
  • Depth: 20 cm (7.87″)