UNKNOWN MASTER, Italian
(active in the 13th century in Siena)
Incidents from the Life of St John the Baptist (detail)13th century
Tempera on panel
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena
This panel depicts the scenes The Birth of St John the Baptist, and The Virgin Mary Presents Jesus to St Elisabeth and St John the Baptist as a Boy. It is an example of Romanesque painting in which uniformly intense colours were set alongside one another to create strong contrasts. The figures and the background architecture are separated by strongly coloured surfaces. Red, green and blue follow one another alternately, without any reference to the depiction of a real wall, coloured in a unified tone.