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St John the Baptist: M.5-1949

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St John the Baptist






Head of St John the Baptist (?), carved in Italian lime wood; with traces of the original polychrome. The head is bent forward, the hair hanging in long ringlets. The face is drawn and grief stricken with the lips parted; the nose is thin and aquiline.


History note: Monsieur Ravaisson-Molliere, formerly Director of Musée du Louvre; Monsieur Alphonse Kann; George Durlacher; Christie's, 6th April, 1938, Italian Majolica, Bronzes and Objects of Art...sold by Order of George Durlacher, Esq., last surviving Partner of Messrs. Durlacher Brothers of 142, New Bond Street, W.1., p. 35, lot 121, illustrated opposite. There identified as St John the Baptist, School of Verrocchio, Florentine, 15th century, on moulded walnut base.

Legal notes

Given by Percy Moore Turner

Measurements and weight

Depth: 8.0 in
Height: 12.0 in
Width: 10.0 in

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1949) by Moore Turner, Percy


Second half of 15th century
Circa 1470 - 1500

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Decoration composed of paint

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Carved in Italian limewood; with traces of original polychrome

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5-1949
Primary reference Number: 30378
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_5_1949
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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