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Saint John the Baptist

Juan de Ancheta (Spanish, ca. 1540–1592)
ca. 1580–92
Spanish, Navarre
Wood, polychromed and gilded
44-1/4 x 29-5/8 x 5-1/4 in. (112.4 x 75.2 x 13.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1968
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 535
Although incorporating classical, heroic elements of Michelangelo's figural style, this work displays the continuing Spanish taste for polychromy. Particularly lovely is the use of estofado in the landscape background.

Dressed in animal skin like the Baptist by Martínez Montañés (63.40), here John points directly to the lamb of God, a symbol of Christ, resting on a volume of the gospel.
[ Michael Hall Fine Arts (until 1968; sold to MMA) ]
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