Here Bastarolo shows to be capable of combining elegance and vehemence, color and plasticity, creating a memorable composition, focused on the gesture of the executioner, caught in the act of sheathing the sword.


  • Title: The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist
  • Creator: Giuseppe Mazzuoli (called Bastarolo)
  • Date: ca. 1572
  • Location: Musei di Arte Antica (deposit ASP - Azienda Serivizi alla Persona, Ferrara)
  • Physical Dimensions: 232 x 159 cm
  • Provenance: Church and Orphanage for Girls of St. Barbara
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: oil on panel

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