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The Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli has repeatedly portrayed St. John the Baptist in his works. The Forerunner of Christ was one of the most popular in the painting of the entire Renaissance, in popularity inferior only to the Holy Virgin Mary. He was usually portrayed in two forms - as a handsome kid or youth, or as a thin, emaciated adult. The saint is present in the paintings of such pillars of painting as Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Rafael Santi, Rogier van der Weyden and many others.
Among the works of Botticelli, it should be noted the Madonna and Child with the Young John the Baptist, which is stored in the Museum of Art of the Brazilian São Paulo, as well as the Madonna and Child, John the Baptist and John the Theologian, better known as the Bardi Altar. Giovanni de Bardi, who came from Florence, was known to his contemporaries as the “great English merchant,” for a long time he led the London branch of the Medici Bank and made his money from exporting wool.
When Bardi returned to his hometown from England in 1483, he built the Santo Spirito Chapel, seeking spiritual salvation. Today, the upper part of the altar and the casing are still in the Bardi Chapel, in a prominent place to the left of the choir. The altar is located in Berlin's Hemaldegaleri, while the original frame, made by a woodcarver and architect Giuliano da Sangallo, was lost.
In addition to these famous paintings by the master, there are several more images of John the Baptist. One of them, written in 1490, is stored in the name room in Ufizzi.
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