16th Century Italian Painting Saint John the Baptist with a Lamb Lombard School
From Italy a late Renaissance 16th century religious painting depicting the Child Saint John The Baptist with a Lamb by an Italian artist of Lombard School, Mannerist period. Antique oil on canvas, an original first canvas painting of St. John the Baptist as a child seated near the lamb, with a large Cross with a winding white ribbon inscribed Ecce Agnus Dei, which translated from Latin means Lamb of God, refers to the Passion of Christ, who gave himself as a sacrifice, as was done in Judaism with lambs, to save men from sin.
St. John the Baptist is presented as an almost cherubic child a beautiful face with brown eyes, ruby red lips and golden wavy hair. He wears a scarlet red drape, seated near a stream, holding a water cup he is baptizing the lamb, symbol of innocence. Both the halo and the dove are messages of love and strengthen the intense mysticism of the scene.
The light is concentrated on the figures in the foreground, leaving the trees and the hilly landscape in the shade, un undefined coat of arms is painted on the left side of the composition.
The religious work is set in a unique antique giltwood frame of the same period and comes from a Milanese private collection.
This Italian Lombard School Old Masters painting is in good age related condition thanks to old conservative restoration and painting cleaning, wear consistent with age and use, canvas is the original of 16th century, whereas canvas painting of this age are usually relined.
Under existing legislation, any artwork in Italy created over 70 years ago requires a governative license for export called Belle Arti. The shipping may require additional 2/3 handling weeks to require and get the license according to the final destination of the artwork.
Height: 51.5 (33.5) cm
Width: 47 (29.5) cm
Depth: 5 cm
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