Metropolitan Museum of Art Cast Collection
 

Description

A plaster cast sculpture of Saint John the Baptist circa 1525 attributed to Francesco da Sangallo. The original sculpture is on display at the National Museum of Bargello in Florence, Italy.

Publication Date

1978

Type of Artwork

Statue

Time Period/Geographical Region

Renaissance Europe

Height (cm/in)

117.8 cm / 70 in

Width (cm/in)

45.72 cm / 18 in

Depth (cm/in)

63.5 cm / 25 in

Disciplines

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Sculpture

Comments

Marble statue in the Bargello, Florence was completed about 1525 and attributed to Francisco da Sangallo (1494-1576). Sangallo, an inspired sculptor, searched for characterization by means of minute detail. His Saint John exhibits streaks of restlessness and decadent characteristics with elements of mannerism. The grandiose, agitated designs were a current trend Sangallo chose not to use. Other 16th century artisans thought Sangallo to be behind the times.

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