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Saint John the Baptist with four Angels in a landscape
  • Domenico Gaggini
    circa 1425–1492
    born: Bissone, Duchy of Milan (present-day Switzerland) ; died: Palermo, Kingdom of Sicily (present-day Italy)
  • Saint John the Baptist with four Angels in a landscape, late 1400s
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • marble
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 41.9 x 114 x 11.4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 1/2 x 44 7/8 x 4 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Samuel H. Kress Study Collection
  • On view: Loo Gallery, 401, E1
  • 1960.0057
Label Text

Relief landscape. Figure, identified as St. John, dressed in a hair-shirt and an ample tunic, is shown seated on clouds. On each side tow angels are standing; the two at the left seem to have brought him something; the other two are busying themselves with the Lamb on the book in his left hand. He has a rod in his right hand, possibly the remnant of a thin reed cross. The figures are placed in a rocky landscape with highly stylized trees. On the ground are some birds. The representation corresponds to no event in the life of the Baptist, and may be purely allegorical. The relief may have decorated the door of the buildings of a confraternity of St. John the Baptist.