Composition in blue tones, red, black, ochre and white. Smooth texture. St. John the Baptist, occupying almost the entire composition, holding lamb with both hands. He is standing, slightly turned to the left with the head forward and legs apart. It has clear and long brown hair, thick arched eyebrows, eyes and large iris, long nose, thin lips closed, rose. wear long white robe dotted with black, and the bar, the outline of the skirt and collar in red and sleeves are long. The dress collar is "U" seeing if a black breastplate and is barefoot. Safe in his arms, with both hands, a white sheep standing with folded legs in and facing right. Plain background in light blue.


  • Title: Saint John the Baptist
  • Date: 1942
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w40 x h140cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: religious:Saints:Saint John the Baptist, Nature:Animals:sheep, human figure:man
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Signed and dated in top right corner "PORTINARI 1942"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 4126
  • Function: Work originally made for central panel of a folding screen, composed also of the paintings “Saint Michael the Archangel” [FCO 5549 and FCO 4125 ] and “Saint Peter” [FCO 4127]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-1649

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