Thursday, May 9, 2013

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There is another Saint John the Baptist, 1455, attributed to Desiderio da Settignano in the Louvre Museum that is also a fine piece. Most of his sculptures feel as if they are in dialogue and have a beautiful inner presence, stone was obviously Settignano's medium. Another gorgeous offering to God is The Young Saint John the Baptist, 1450-1453, by Desiderio da Settignano held at the Bargello National Museum in Florence, a bronze relief, that is yet again exquisitely rendered. Obviously the theme of Saint John was one that Settignano identified with or the youth as a divine servant of God, the fleece seems to represent something secular too.

Henri Le Secq, photographs