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Saint John the Baptist

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Hans MEMLING , active 1465; died 1494

Saint John the Baptist

Date: about 1478
Medium: Oil on oak
Dimensions: 71 x 30.5 cm
Acquisition credit: Acquired under the terms of the Finance Act from the Duke of Devonshire's Collection, 1957

The triptych was probably commissioned from Memling in Bruges by Sir John Donne of Kidwelly, a Welshman resident in Calais, in the late 1470s. In the central panel, accompanied by Saint Catherine, he kneels in adoration to the Virgin and Child while Saint Barbara accompanies Lady Donne and their daughter. On the left-hand shutter is Saint John the Baptist and on the right Saint John the Evangelist, Sir John Donne's name-saints. Seen through the window behind the Evangelist is a peacock, a symbol of eternity.

Central panel 70.7 x 70.5 cm; shutters each approx 71 x 30 cm.




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This image is part of the group:

"The Donne Triptych"

Other images in group:

The Donne Triptych
Saint John the Baptist
Saint John the Evangelist
The Donne Triptych - interior
Saint Christopher
Saint Anthony Abbot