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Bust - St. John the Baptist
  • St. John the Baptist
    Master of the David and St John Statuettes
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St. John the Baptist

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Master of the David and St John Statuettes (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bust, representing Saint John the Baptist is made by the Master of the David and St. John Statuettes in Florence in ca. 1500.

The Master of the David and St. John Statuettes is a name assigned by scholars to the artists (there were at least two) who created a series of small sculptures on these and other biblical themes.

Physical description

This bust representing Saint John the Baptist rests on a shallow base, and is cut off above the elbows and through the chest. The head is shown upwards to the right, and the long curling hair falls on the shoulders. In front the hair tunic is open, and is pierced at the corners with two small holes.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)


ca. 1500 (made)


Master of the David and St John Statuettes (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 19.7 cm

Object history note

Purchased from the Gigli-Campana Collection, £10.

Descriptive line

Bust, terracotta, St. John the Baptist, by the Master of the David and Saint John Statuettes, Italy, ca.1500

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. 3
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 89
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, p. 195



Subjects depicted



Christianity; Religion; Portraits; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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