Photo, Print, Drawing [The Young St. John the Baptist] St. John and lamb

[ digital file from b&w film copy neg. ]

About this Item

Title
[The Young St. John the Baptist]
Other Title
St. John and lamb
Summary
The Young Saint John the Baptist probably dates to the 1650s like the painting in London mentioned elsewhere. There are also two drawings of Saint John from that period that accord stylistically with this one. The strongly shaded Youthful Saint John the Baptist, seated in Rocky Landscape, in a private collection, dates to this period (according to Jonathan Brown [Brown 2011, p. 271, cat. no. A22]). Although the wash in the drawing in the Library of Congress is less dramatic, the composition is almost the same in reverse and Murillo's characteristic nervous pen lines are evident. The Young Saint John the Baptist in the Prado (Brown, p. 273, cat. no. A24) is also stylistically consistent with this sheet: each reflects a lighter contrast of light and shade and a staccato pen line.
Contributor Names
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban, 1617-1682, artist
Created / Published
[Spain, probably Seville], [between 1650 and 1659]
Subject Headings
-  John,--the Baptist, Saint
Format Headings
Drawings--Spanish--1650-1659.
Notes
-  Inscriptions: Lower left verso in black chalk upside down: 004090.5. In brown ink, lower left verso: "...Real."
-  Title, date, subject, and physical description devised by Diane de Grazia, 2014.
-  Title in Catalog of the Gardiner Greene Hubbard collection of Engravings, 1905, p. 372: St. John and lamb.
-  Attributed on old mat to: Murillo.
-  Gardiner Greene Hubbard Collection.
-  Gift; Gertrude M. Hubbard; 1898; (DLC/PP-1898:R01).
-  The traditional attribution of this drawing to Murillo appears to be correct. The style accords with other works by the artist dating to the 1650s, when he was enjoying great popularity in his native Seville. Too late to be included in Jonathan Brown's Murillo. Virtuoso Draftsman (New Haven and London, 2011), the sheet accords with works published there and is accepted by the author (e-mail September 17, 2012, in LC files). Paintings and drawings of Saint John the Baptist are abundant in Murillo's oeuvre. (For paintings of this subject see, for example, those in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna [ca. 1650: Enrique Valdivieso, Murillo. Catalogo Razonado de Pinturas, Madrid, 2010, p. 278, cat. no. 23], and the National Gallery, London [ca. 1660-65: Valdivieso 2010, p. 382, cat. no. 169]). The artist was well known for his genre pictures of children, which exhibit an empathy with childhood beauty and calm. The religious paintings and drawings of the young Saint John are extensions of these works.
-  Condition assessment: Some foxing; spreading of ink. Stains, 2014.
Medium
1 drawing : pen and brown ink and wash ; sheet 23.5 x 16.0 cm (9 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.)
Call Number/Physical Location
DRWG/MA, no. 6 (A size) [P&P]
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id
cph 3b18810 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b18810
Library of Congress Control Number
2005696654
Reproduction Number
LC-USZ62-71427 (b&w film copy neg.)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Online Format
image
Description
1 drawing : pen and brown ink and wash ; sheet 23.5 x 16.0 cm (9 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.) | The Young Saint John the Baptist probably dates to the 1650s like the painting in London mentioned elsewhere. There are also two drawings of Saint John from that period that accord stylistically with this one. The strongly shaded Youthful Saint John the Baptist, seated in Rocky Landscape, in a private collection, dates to this period (according to Jonathan Brown [Brown 2011, p. 271, cat. no. A22]). Although the wash in the drawing in the Library of Congress is less dramatic, the composition is almost the same in reverse and Murillo's characteristic nervous pen lines are evident. The Young Saint John the Baptist in the Prado (Brown, p. 273, cat. no. A24) is also stylistically consistent with this sheet: each reflects a lighter contrast of light and shade and a staccato pen line.
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Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban, Artist. The Young St. John the Baptist. , None. [Spain, probably seville, between 1650 and 1659] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2005696654/. (Accessed February 23, 2018.)

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Murillo, B. E. The Young St. John the Baptist. , None. [Spain, probably seville, between 1650 and 1659] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2005696654/.

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Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban, Artist. The Young St. John the Baptist. [Spain, probably seville, between 1650 and 1659] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2005696654/>.