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Mignard, Pierre (1612 - 1695)
Saint John the BaptistDate: 1688
Technique: Oil on canvas
Museum: Museo del Prado
Size: 147 cm x 109 cm
An image of Saint John the Baptist as a child. He wears an animal skin and sits on a boulder from which water flows. The background is landscape. A lamb is beside him. In his right hand he holds a staff with a banner reading â€śEcce Agnus Deiâ€ť (â€śThis is the Lamb of Godâ€ť).
The careful rendering of the textures and the especially elegant figures is linked to Mignard's early training in France, when he worked with the French Baroque's leading artists. The drawing of contour lines and details shows the influence of his years working in Rome.
This painting was commissioned by Phillip of Orleans in 1688 for his son-in-law, King Carlos II (1661-1700).
The painting has its original frame, which is a splendid example of late-seventeenth-century carved and gilded French frames.
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