Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1924.510
Catalogue raisonné: Lehrs V.261.59
In his gospel, Saint John identifies Christ as the "Lamb of God," and so the saint is often portrayed holding a lamb with a cruciform staff, symbolizing Christ victorious over death.
Martin Schongauer was among the first artists to work extensively in engraving to create series such as the one depicting the saints. Here, he represented Saint John the Baptist as a thin ascetic man holding a book at the top of which is the Lamb of God. Schongauer's engraved lines inventively emulate different natural qualities and textures, for example the camel fur of John's robe and the spiraling locks of his hair.
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