St John the Baptist

St John the Baptist

Acquired in exchange from the former Königlichen Museen (Gipsformerei, Berlin) in 1888 at a cost of £4 10s (90 marks)

Original:

St John the Baptist
Donatello (1386-1466)
1457
Bronze
Siena Cathedral, Siena, Italy

In 1457, Donatello delivered the figure of St John to the Cathedral authorities in three parts, with its right forearm missing. The statue was recorded as in storage in the Cathedral in 1467, with its arm still lacking. It is uncertain when the right arm was made up and the figure installed in the Cathedral. It is evident, from the awkwardness of the reconstruction, that the arm was not designed to point upwards at this angle.