The Youthful Saint John the Baptist Seated in a Landscape (recto); Unidentified Figure Composition (Dido and Aeneas?) (verso)

Object Details

Title:

The Youthful Saint John the Baptist Seated in a Landscape (recto); Unidentified Figure Composition (Dido and Aeneas?) (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Spanish, 1617 - 1682)

Culture:

Spanish

Date:

about 1655

Medium:

Pen and reddish brown ink over black chalk (recto); pen and brown ink (verso)

Dimensions:

27.1 x 19.2 cm (10 11/16 x 7 9/16 in.)

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Saint John the Baptist appears as an idealized youth rather than as a young child, his more traditional representation. He sits in the wilderness, holding his reed cross with his left hand and the Paschal Lamb with his right. The subject derives from a passage in the Gospel, "John looked towards Jesus and said, 'Behold the Lamb of God.'"(John 1:36)

Bartolomé Esteban Murrillo communicated the same message here through John's direct visual engagement of the viewer's attention. Executed in Murillo's early pen style, the drawing displays his distinctive use of chiaroscuro and structured hatching.

Provenance

Nicolas Omazur, Flemish

Juan Augustin Ceán Bermúdez

M. de Beurnonville

Adolf von Beckerath, German

1902 - 1945

Kaiser Friedrich Museum

Bode Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin,

Anton Schmid

Art Market New York

Exhibitions
Juanes to Goya: Spanish Drawings 1560 -1825 (September 14 to November 28, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 14 to November 28, 1999
Window onto Spain: Drawings and Prints from Ribera to Goya (February 17 to May 16, 2004) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 17 to May 16, 2004
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, (1617 - 1682). Dibujos (May 30 to March 27, 2012) (7; recto)
  • Fundacion Marcelino Botin, (Santander), March 30 to May 27, 2012
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