St. John the Baptist

Real Fábrica de Louça, ao Rato1807

National Azulejo Museum

National Azulejo Museum
Lisbon, Portugal

An azulejo panel produced in Real Fábrica de Louça, in Rato, in 1807, representing a religious scene with a naturalist leaning, revealed in the flowing brushstrokes and the dissolving forms in the background, indicating erudition and sophistication as well. Set into a mounting decorated with floral motifs, the main figure in the foreground is St. John the Baptist. He is seated on a rock holding a cross with a phylactery with the words ECCE AGNUS DEI (BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD), and pointing to the figure of Christ standing in the background.


  • Title: St. John the Baptist
  • Creator: Real Fábrica de Louça, ao Rato
  • Date Created: 1807
  • Physical Location: MNAz, Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 201cm x 104cm
  • Provenance: Unknown (once belonged to the Comandante Ernesto Vilhena Collection)
  • Medium: Polychrome faience

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