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A Flemish artist who spent most of his career in Naples, De Somer joined the studio of Jusepe de Ribera – the leading Spanish artist in the city at the time – in 1624. After 1640 he adopted a more Venetian style, to which this painting belongs. John, described in the Gospels, is both a Christian saint and a last prophet of the Old Testament. He lived in the desert, preaching the word of God and baptising penitents in the River Jordan.
oil on canvas
H 168 x W 122 cm
YORAG : 1024
purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the York Corporation, 1962