John the Baptist

Luke 3:1-9; Mark 1:1-8; Mt 3:1-6 tell us of the early ministry of John the Baptist.

St John the Baptist DONATELLO (c. 1386- 1466)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/d/donatell/3_late/2john_1.html for the source of the above photograph of the sculpture and a description.

St John the Baptist EL GRECO (1600)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/g/greco_el/14/1408grec.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description.

St John the Baptist VALENTIN DE BOULOGNE (1628-30)

See http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Valentin_de_Boulogne,_St_John_the_Baptist.jpg for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

John the Baptist Baptizes the People POUSSIN (1635)

See http://www.nicolaspoussin.org/St-John-the-Baptist-Baptizes-the-People-c.-1635-large.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

Baptism of Christ LEONARDO (1472)

See http://www.lairweb.org.nz/leonardo/baptism.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and for an excellent and in-depth history and analysis of it.

Baptism of Christ Giovanni BELLINI (1500-02)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/b/bellini/giovanni/1500-09/167bapti.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a brief description.

Baptism of Christ EL GRECO (1597)

Seehttp://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/greco/baptism-1597.jpg for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

Matthew 4:1-11 tells us that after John baptizes him, Jesus retreats into the desert to fast for forty days (a number of perfect trial used in the Bible, as the Jews are told to wander for forty years in the desert.  After that, Matthew tells us, Jesus was tempted by Satan.

See http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/piero-della-francescas-the-baptism-of-christ for a video of expert discussion of Piero della Francesca’s The Baptism of Christ.

The Tempations of Christ BOTTICELLI (1481)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/b/botticel/4sistina/temptati/temptat.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description.

The Temptation of Christ DE FLANDES (c. 1500)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/j/juan/2/polypty1.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description.

The Temptations of Christ Leonaert BRAMER (1645-1655)

I love Bramer for what appears to me a good sense of humor about otherwise serious religious topics (remember Job on the dung heap?)  Here he portrays Satan as a glitsy snake oil peddler.  See http://www.backtoclassics.com/gallery/leonaertbramer/thetemptationofchrist/ for the source of the above photograph of the brush and gray ink painting.

Salvador Dahli has yet a different interpretation of the Temptation of Christ:

Jesus a Satana Tentatur DAHLI (1964-67)

Source: http://www.artbible.net/3JC/-Mat-04,01-Temptation_and_freedom_Tentation_et_%20liberte/20%20DALI%2081%20IESUS%20A%20SATANA%20TENTATUR.JPG.jpg

Mark 6 tells us that early in Jesus’ ministry, John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded by Herod.

Salome with the Head of St. John the Baptist CARAVAGGIO (1607)

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CaravaggioSalomeLondon.jpg for the source of the above photograph of the painting and some description.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CaravaggioSalomeLondon.jpg for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description.

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