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Saint John the Baptist with the Lamb
Sarto, Andrea del (Andrea d'Agnolo)
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Sarto, Andrea del (Andrea d'Agnolo)

Florence, 1486 - Florence, 1530

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Saint John the Baptist with the Lamb

1510. Oil on panel Room 049

There is some controversy about the authorship of this small panel painting, which some historians attribute to Florentine painter Andrea del Sarto and others consider closer to the work of 16th-century Milanese masters influenced by Leonardo Da Vinci. Made with the care and detail of a miniature, this intimate piece intended for private worship presents Saint John the Baptist in his traditional childhood setting: the desert. As Saint Luke described it (Luke I, 80), And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel. This explains that his only clothing is an animal hide. He looks at the observer with a charming smile, as if sharing his love of the lamb that symbolizes Jesus Christ.

El niño en el Museo del Prado, Madrid, Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas Artes, 1983, p.174

Technical data

Inventory number
P000579
Author
Sarto, Andrea del (Andrea d'Agnolo)
Title
Saint John the Baptist with the Lamb
Date
1510
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimension
Height: 23 cm.; Width: 16 cm.
Provenance
Acquisition, 1923

Bibliography +

Shearman, John, Andrea del Sarto, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1965, pp. 241 / nº 241.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

El niño en el Museo del Prado, Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas Artes, Madrid, 1983, pp. 174.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 621-622.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas. Nuevas Adquisiciones. Museo Iconográfico. Tapices., Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996, pp. nº 1491.

Mena Marqués, M.; Albarrán, V., La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, folleto, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 15 n.36.

Mena Marqués, M.; Albarrán, V., Azúa, F. de, La belleza cautiva. Pequeños tesoros del Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado - Obra Social ''La Caixa'', Barcelona, 2014, pp. 76.

Prado captive beauty: treasures from the Prado Museum, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, 2015, pp. n.9.

Gonzalez Mozo, A, El color de las formas en transición. Reflexiones sobre algunas obras de Andrea del Sarto expuestas en el Museo del Prado., Kermes, XXIX-XXX Ott-Mar., 2016-2017, pp. 56-65 f.11.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1491.
Autor: escuela milanesa del siglo XVI. / 1491.Asunto: San Juan niño con el cordero, media figura / Dimensiones: Alto, 0,23; ancho, 0,17.- / Tabla / Comprado a D. Mariano Gª Luque, en la cantidad de 4.500 pts., por acuerdo del Patronato de 3 de abril de 1923

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1933. Núm. 579.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 579.

Exhibitions +

Captive Beauty. Treasures from The Prado Museum
Tokio
10.10.2015 - 31.01.2016

Captive Beauty. Small Treasures at the Prado Museum
Barcelona
16.07.2014 - 05.01.2015

Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny
Madrid
21.05.2013 - 10.11.2013

Location +

Room 049 (On Display)

Expuesto
Update date: 19-07-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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