The panel was one of the side compartments of the altarpiece of the chapel of the Sacrament in Sant’Agata, Brescia. The statuary grandeur of the figures is here softened by the tone of sorrowful meditation on the Eucharistic mystery to which the cartouches allude, referring to the sacrifice of the lamb. The colour range is based on greys, which are matched by pinks, ochres and greens, and the exaltation of muscular forms shows the influence of Roman Mannerism.


  • Title: Saint John the Baptist
  • Creator: Alessandro Bonvicino, known as Moretto
  • Date Created: Between 1542 and 1545
  • Location: Castello Sforzesco, Pinacoteca, Milan
  • Physical Dimensions: 155 x 62 cm
  • Provenance: Deposito from the  Istituti Ospedalieri, 1903
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Comune di Milano - Civiche Raccolte Artistiche, Castello Sforzesco, Milano
  • External Link: https://pinacoteca.milanocastello.it/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Art Genre: Sacred art
  • Art Movement: Renaissance
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Original title: San Giovanni Battista
  • Artist Nationality: Italian
  • Artist Death Date: 1554
  • Artist Birth Place: Brescia
  • Artist Birth Date: 1498

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