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Statuette - St. John the Baptist
  • St. John the Baptist
    Civitali, Matteo, born 1435 - died 1501
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St. John the Baptist

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Lucca (made)

  • Date:

    second half on 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Civitali, Matteo, born 1435 - died 1501 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This marble statuette, representing Saint John the Baptist is made after Matteo Civitali, in Lucca, in the second half of the 15th century.

Matteo Civitali was the only major Tuscan marble sculptor active outside Florence in the later 15th century. He appears to have been trained in Florence in the Rossellino studio. With a few exceptions all his major works were executed for his native town of Lucca. In the last years of his life he made an important series of statues for the Chapel of the Baptist in the Duomo at Genoa, which was interrupted by his death in 1501.

Physical description

In this statuette in marble of St. John the Baptist, the Saint is represented on a circular base wearing a hair shirt and cloak. His right hand, with the scroll ECCE AGNVS, rests on his breasts, and his left, which gathers up the mantle, rests on his left thigh.

Place of Origin

Lucca (made)


second half on 15th century (made)


Civitali, Matteo, born 1435 - died 1501 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on a scroll.


Height: 47.8 cm

Object history note

Purchased from the Gigli-Campana Collection, £15.

Descriptive line

Statuette, marble, St John the Baptist, after Matteo Civitali, Italy, Lucca, second half of 15th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1861. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 35
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 68
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume I: Text. Eighth to Fifteenth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, pp. 286, 287



Subjects depicted

Legend; Scroll


Christianity; Religion; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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