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    Sale 1986

    Important Old Master Paintings Part I And Part II

    15 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 22

    School of Brussels, c. 1640

    Saint John the Baptist in the wilderness

    Price Realised  

    School of Brussels, c. 1640
    Saint John the Baptist in the wilderness
    oil on canvas
    28¾ x 20 3/8 in. 73 x 51.8 cm.


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    This contemplative young Saint John the Baptist is not far from the single-figure compositions of Michiel Sweerts, such as his Boy with a hat (Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford). Certainly, it is the work of a talented Flemish artist active in the mid-seventeenth century and influenced by the work of Caravaggio. The sensitive modeling of the saint's face as well as the beautifully painted lamb are described with confident brush strokes and a palette of earth tones heightened with carmine.