GONZÁLEZ Y SERRANO, Bartolomé
(b. 1564, Valladolid, d. 1627, Madrid)
St John the Baptist1621
Oil on canvas, 150 x 90 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest
González's painting is a Spanish Caravaggesque work showing naturalism and a touch of sensuality. Without the barely noticeable halo and without the scroll the Saint could easily be taken for a resting shepherd with a sheep lying at his feet like a dog. The text on the scroll is a quotation from the Gospel of John: "Ecce Agnus Dei, qui tollit peccata mundi".