Saint John the Baptist

Lombard Master1400

Museo Poldi Pezzoli

Museo Poldi Pezzoli
Milano, Italy

Ancient records show that these six panels come from the church of San Silvestro in Mantua. They originally formed part of a larger work, a polyptych or, more probably, given their small dimensions, an altar frontal.
The elegant figures of the saints stand out against a uniform gold ground in keeping with the style of late Gothic painting. Some details however, as the foreshortening of the deacon’s face and the three-dimensional rendering of saint Anthony’s clothes show a partial acquisition of the Renaissance novelties.


  • Title: Saint John the Baptist
  • Creator: Lombard Master
  • Creator Lifespan: Active in th second half of the 15th century
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Date Created: 1400
  • Physical Dimensions: w17.7 x h52 cm
  • Rights: Fondazione artistica Poldi Pezzoli "Onlus"
  • External Link: http://www.museopoldipezzoli.it/node/1726
  • Medium: Panel

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