Youthful St John the Baptist

Youthful St John the Baptist

Purchased from Signor Stiattesi in 1864 for 4s (5 francs)

Original:

Youthful St John the Baptist
Ascribed to Desiderio da Settignano (about 1429-64)
Third quarter of the 15th century
Pietra serena figure with residual pigmentation and gilding
Museo Nazionale (Bargello), Florence, Italy

Formerly in the Badia a Settimo near Florence, the relief was purchased by Grand Duke Leopold II of Tuscany for the Uffizi Gallery in 1784, and passed to the Bargello during the 19th century. At the time that this cast was purchased (1864), this relief was attributed to Donatello (1386-1466). In 1903 the Youthful St John was ascribed to Desiderio by Fabriczy. A version in painted stucco exists in the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris, and there is a derivative tondo of marble and alabaster in the Museo Horne in Florence.