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Saint John the Baptist

As forerunner to the coming of Christ, Saint John the Baptist holds a lamb, which symbolizes Christ as the Lamb of God. This sculpture and the statue of Saint John the Evangelist located on the other side of the doorway were two of four statues from a large carved retable.

Credit: Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941...

15th-16th century
Limewood with paint and gilding
113.3 x 31.8cm
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Permanent collection