Saint John the Baptist

Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi

Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

This wooden polychrome statue by Donatello is the only one remaining from the period 1450-53, following the artist’s stay in Padua. It was commissioned by the Florentine community of Venice after they had been given a chapel in the Frari church. The saint is depicted in the typical iconography of the hermit, with the leather vestments and the cartouche bearing the phrase pronounced by Christ on the banks of the River Jordan: Ecce agnus Dei.


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