muscular figure kneeling with head resting on a block; hands clasped in front of block

Saint John the Baptist Prepared for Decapitation, 17th century

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Bequest of Professor Alfred Moirexpand_more  2012.58.36

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In this exquisite red chalk rendering of John the Baptist, the artist (thought to be Mattia Preti) presents a poignant and highly personal interpretation of the prophet's final moments before his murder by beheading. Above all, the drawing emphasizes the saint's humanity and vulnerability in the face of an unspeakably heinous act of violence.

Exhibitions
Details
Title
Saint John the Baptist Prepared for Decapitation
Artist Life
1613 - 1699
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2012.58.36
Provenance
Sale, Sotheby's, Florence, November 14, 1978, no. 499, as Follower of Annibale Carracci, to 'd'Assia; Enrico d'Assia (Prince Heinrich von Hessen), Rome ('1978-95; his sale, Sotheby's, London, July 3, 1995, no. 9, as Italian school, for £2,587.75, to Moir; Alfred Moir, Santa Barbara (1995-d. 2010; bequeathed to MIA)
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muscular figure kneeling with head resting on a block; hands clasped in front of block