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“John the Baptist” is a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, an Italian Renaissance artist. This oil painting refers to a later period of the artist's work and testifies not only to the creative decline of Da Vinci, but also to the end of the Renaissance. This is clearly seen in the character of the image of John and the fact that in the background there is no familiar landscape.
“John the Baptist” was written while Leonardo was spending time at Amboise in the estate of Clu, surrounded by honor and attention. But Da Vinci himself did not feel much satisfaction from his work. Moreover, he repeatedly drew and re-painted many of the paintings that he brought with him. Apparently, this picture is associated with the creative decline of the artist.
The picture depicts a young man with one hand facing the sky, and the other he presses a cross to his chest. The dark background contrasts surprisingly with the illuminated figure of a young man, which gives the picture even more mystery and mystery.
Many critics and artists who came to Leonardo Da Vinci admired his work, but the painting "John the Baptist" caused at least considerable surprise. The resulting image was too different from the usual, canonical one. The young man depicted in the picture, with a defiant ambiguous smile, did not at all look like a stern ascetic with a long beard. It is worth noting that such a smile was inherent in all persons in the paintings that relate to the late work of the artist.
The painting "John the Baptist" carries a certain ironic motive that makes the viewer some ambiguous impression, caused primarily by the lack of a picturesque landscape and the image of a blossoming young man.
Portrait of Rokotov Struyskaya