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Painting Title Landscape with St John the Baptist
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to French School
Previously attributed to Dughet, Gaspard (French landscape painter, 1615-1675, active in Italy)
Date Earliest possibly about 1670
Date Latest possibly about 1730
Description A wooded Italianate landscape with the river Jordan; John the Baptist in a red coat is accompanied by the lamb. He is pointing to a group of three people (Jesus among them), depicted on the other side of the river. John, as described in the Gospels, is both a Christian saint and a last prophet of the Old Testament. He was a relative of Jesus Christ and was considered his precursor or forerunner. He preached in the desert and baptised for the forgiveness of sins; he also baptised Jesus. The lamb as John's attribute refers to the fact that he called Jesus 'the Lamb of God'.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 13
Subject landscape; religion (John the Baptist); figure; animal (lamb)
Measurements 50.2 x 73.7 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by G. W. Ward 1949.
Provenance Purchased from A. Coulter, York, 5 gns.
Publications PREVIEW. City of York Art Gallery Quarterly, 5, January 1949, vol. II, ill. p. 47 as by Gaspard Dughet; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 117; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 352 as by unknown artist.
Notes According to the letters in the gallery files an attribution to Johannes Glauber (Dutch painter, draftsman, and printmaker of German descent, 1646-1726) has been considered, but finally it was not definitively accepted.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka
 

 

 

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