St. John the Baptist by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
Caravaggio produced at least 8 paintings of St. John the Baptist. One of them, John the Baptist, Youth with Ram, is on loan from the Pinacoteca Capitolini in Rome, where it has been since 1750, and is currently on display in the crypt under the Cathedral of Siena. In this Caravaggio painting, a young John the Baptist is seen partially reclining with one arm around the neck of a ram, his head turned to look at the viewer. The pose of the young man is one imitated from Michelangelo’s famous Ignudo found on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, most likely an inside joke for those in the know. It …..