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Famous Painting St. John the Baptist.
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St. John the Baptist.

Name: St. John the Baptist.
Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
Location: Louvre, Paris, France
Year: 1513

This image of St John the Baptist was the last painting that Leonardo produced, and it was in his possession when he died. It is one of only a few that we can be absolutely certain the master painted. Leonardo's version is strikingly different to other paintings of the Saint, who is normally portrayed as gaunt, and scraping a living in the desert on locusts and honey.

It captures four recurring themes of Leonardo's figures; an enigmatic smile, flowing curly hair, and a finger pointing to heaven, all defined by dense shadows.

Many copies of this painting have been made, particularly by Leonardo's pupils. Look For - The figure is wearing animal skins, and holding a reed cross. Experts believe these were added by a later painter. (BBC)


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