ROBERTI, Ercole de'
(b. 1456, Ferrara, d. 1494, Ferrara)

St John the Baptist

Panel, 54 x 31 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

The emaciated and mystical figure of St John the Baptist rises above the rocks; the ledge on which John stands seems to melt away as we watch. The foreground and background are separated by line that makes the latter look almost like a backdrop.