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Head of St. John the Baptist

Giovan Francesco Maineri

This small picture is likely to be of fairly illustrious origin as it was commissioned by Ercole I d’Este for Suor Lucia da Narni in 1502. The saint’s delicate head has an almost Flemish sheen to it, while the meticulous anatomical depiction of his severed neck has prompted the suggestion that the artist, who was born in Parma but worked in Ferrara, may have been familiar with the anatomical studies of Leonardo da Vinci.

Download hi-res image TITLE Head of St. John the Baptist
AUTHOR Giovan Francesco Maineri
DATE 1502
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Oil on panel
DIMENSIONS cm 44 x 30
INVENTORY 5503
ROOM XX
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