Today is the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist. The patron saint of Florence, John is honored with numerous works of art throughout the city, above all at the Baptistery, decorated with mosaics, bronze reliefs, and figural sculpture that celebrate the life of the saint.
Andrea Pisano, Naming of St. John, St. John Leaves Home, Salome Presenting the Head of St. John to Herodias, gilded bronze, 1330, Florence, Baptistery
Coppo di Marcovaldo and others, Mosaics, 13th-14th century, Florence Baptistery
Gian Francesco Rustici, Baptist Preaching, bronze, 1506-11, Florence, Baptistery (Museo del Opera del Duomo)
Vincenzo Danti, Beheading of St John the Baptist, 1569-71, bronze, Florence, Baptistery (Museo del Opera del Duomo)
Andrea del Verrocchio, Beheading of the Baptist, 1477-80, silver, Florence, Baptistery (Museo del Opera del Duomo)
Fra Filippo Lippi, Scenes from the Life of St. John the Baptist, 1452-65, fresco, Prato Cathedral
Lorenzo Ghiberti, St. John the Baptist, bronze, 1412-16, Florence, Orsanmichele
Leonardo da Vinci, St. John the Baptist, oil on panel, Paris, Louvre
Don’t forget to join us this weekend for your last chance to see Frida Kahlo, Her Photos. Beginning at 3:00pm, on Sunday, June 8, Dr. Leonard Folgarait, Professor of History of Art at Vanderbilt University will discuss Frida, her art and her significance in Mexican history and culture. Also, from 5:00-8:00pm A Bite Food Truck will be here selling food and there will be a cash bar and DJ.
Image credit: Frida Kahlo by Lola Álvarez Bravo, ca. 1944 ©Frida Kahlo Museum