attributed to Arcangelo di Jacopo del Sellaio (1478 - 1531):
St John the Baptist
A85; tempera on panel; 156 x 66 cm.
Inscribed: ECCE (AG)NUS(DEI).
Presented by William Thomas Horner Fox-Strangways , later 4th Earl of Ilchester, 1850; WA1850.1.
The text held by the saint comes from Matthew 3: 10 where St John identified Christ as the Saviour with the words 'behold the lamb of God'. There is a very abraded coat of arms lower left. A85 has recently been plausibly attributed to the Master of the Miller Tondo, now identified as Arcangelo di Jacopo del Sellaio. Having inherited the studio of his father, Jacopo, he continued to work in his manner, which was based on that of Botticelli and Lippi.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.