Saint John the Baptist Bearing Witness

Artist: Annibale Carracci (Italian, Bologna 1560–1609 Rome)

Date: ca. 1600

Medium: Oil on copper

Dimensions: 21 3/8 x 17 1/8 in. (54.3 x 43.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Fabrizio Moretti and Adam Williams, in honor of Everett Fahy, 2009

Accession Number: 2009.252


The subject of this fine picture is based on the Gospel of John: "The next day John [the Baptist] seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." The event preceded the baptism of Jesus by John. Annibale launched the vogue for landscapes in which nature is transformed by the imagination into an idyllic setting for religious or mythological stories. This beautifully preserved work was described in 1678 in the collection of the Farnese family in Parma.