The scene depicts St John the Baptist meditating alone in the middle of nature. In the exuberant landscape, the painter inserts strange geological formations, and animal and plant species made up by himself. The weird plant that is growing next to the saint is covering the figure of a person praying, who is, without doubt, the person who commissioned the painting.


  • Title: Saint John the Baptist in the Desert
  • Creator: Aeken, Hieronymus van, El Bosco
  • Date Created: End of the 15th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w40.5 x h49 cm (Complete)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: © Museo Lázaro Galdiano
  • External Link: www.flg.es/museo/la-colección

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