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The Youthful Saint John the Baptist Seated in a Landscape (recto); Unidentified Figure Composition (Dido and Aeneas?) (verso) (Verso)

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Saint John the Baptist appears as an idealized youth rather than as a young child, his more traditional representation. He sits in the wilderness, holding his reed cross with his left hand and the Paschal Lamb with his right. The subject derives from a passage in the Gospel, "John looked towards Jesus and said, 'Behold the Lamb of God.'"(John 1:36)

Bartolomé Esteban Murrillo communicated the same message here through John's direct visual engagement of the viewer's attention. Executed in Murillo's early pen style, the drawing displays his distinctive use of chiaroscuro and structured hatching.

Details

  • Title: The Youthful Saint John the Baptist Seated in a Landscape (recto); Unidentified Figure Composition (Dido and Aeneas?) (verso) (Verso)
  • Creator: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
  • Date Created: about 1655
  • Physical Dimensions: 27.1 × 19.2 cm (10 11/16 × 7 9/16 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and reddish brown ink over black chalk (recto); pen and brown ink (verso) on a separate sheet of paper (verso), on which the recto sheet has been laid down
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 94.GA.79
  • Culture: Spanish
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Spanish, 1617 - 1682)
  • Classification: Drawings (Visual Works)

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