If the conception of "St. John the Baptist" by Leonardo da Vinci must be placed in Florence around 1508, the time of its execution is impossible to specify. One can imagine that Leonardo da Vinci worked on it slowly, over several years, perfecting the details as well as the pictorial work, and that in 1517 the painting was now very complete when it was presented to the Cardinal of Aragon, who judged it, along with the other two paintings, to be "tucti perfectissimi". See more
The light makes the Baptist's body emerge from a deep night and gives his movement the appearance of a sinuous flame. It delicately sculpts his smile, a promise of salvation. This painting has a spiritual dimension, making the Baptist the messenger of the arrival of the Messiah.
John the Baptist was the first to bear the name Yohanan (Hebrew: יוחנן), which means "God is gracious".
Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
About L. DA VINCI
Leonardo da Vinci was born on 15 April 1452. He was the son of a notary and a peasant woman who never married.
In 1466, he began working in the workshop of a sculptor named Andrea del Verrocchio. It was here that he began to paint, sculpt and draw.
Leonardo da Vinci became a painter, sculptor, engineer, inventor, musician, writer and architect, and was considered a great genius. He was always very interested in anatomical studies of the human body and could draw human organs in great detail. See more
He was accepted into the painters' guild in Florence in 1472 and opened his own painting and sculpture studio. His fame began to grow and he was commissioned to produce many different and very important works.
Throughout his life, he was in the service of several dukes who commissioned sculptures and paintings from him, but what really interested him was inventing new vehicles, weapons and objects.
All the works of Leonardo da Vinci are known, but the most famous are: the painting of "The Last Supper", which he painted on a fresco in the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan; "La Gioconda", better known as "La Monna Lisa"; and "Vitruvian Man", a famous drawing of a man with four arms and four legs, in which he attempted to study the human body.
He also made many sculptures, but none of them have survived to the present day.
Although he was always creating and building new works, the struggles that took place during his life, as well as the struggles and rebellions that took place after his death, are responsible for the fact that many of his creations were destroyed, burnt or lost, including his remains that were thrown away in an unknown place after a war.
He died on 2 May 1519 in France.