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This oil portrait was produced between 1513 to 1516 during the High Renaissance period and is believed to be Leonardo Da Vinci’s last painting. The original piece can be found at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
It’s possible to observe St. John the Baptist positioned right in the middle of the painting on a steady symmetrical layout. Behind him, there is the shadow of a thin cross. The whole painting is dark, possibly due to the media it was painted on, the walnut wood, as well as to the chiaroscuro technique. Regardless of provenance, such tint, instead of sobering the painting, enhances the contrast and highlights the saintly character portrayed.
St. John the Baptist has a candid facial expression and looks straight up at the viewer. He carries a grin on his face that strongly resembles Leonardo Da Vinci’s most famous piece, the Mona Lisa. He presents a bulky silky curly hair and an angelical atmosphere that was considered by many people androgynous and offensive. He points at the heavens with his right hand, and this might be one of the strongest symbolic points of the painting, as he represents the importance of the salvation through the baptism.
The gesture on this painting, one of the first to reference the salvation through the pointing finger to the heavens, became a model for later Renaissance religious paintings and had a strong influence on the several movements that followed, especially the successor Mannerism.
This painting became controversial not only for the delicate feminine characteristics on Saint John the Baptist’s facial expression but also for his unorthodox body language. He folds his arms over his chest covering his breasts with pelts and tilts the head to the side, a pose commonly seen in female portraits of the time, thus reinforcing the androgynous aspect of his figure.
He comes out of the darkness with soft rounded shapes, enhanced by the sfumato technique, a strong characteristic of the Renaissance. In his notes, Leonardo Da Vinci registered his concerns that the figure wouldn’t pop from the background or seem detached. From a distance, the enlightened parts become more evident, but when observing this painting from up close, it’s possible to distinguish the subtle details on the clothes and hair from the darker parts in the background.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of St John the Baptist 1513-16, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of St John the Baptist 1513-16 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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