Saint John the Baptist
On View In:
Gallery 308
Artist:   François Boucher  
Title:   Saint John the Baptist  
Date:   c. 1755  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   64 1/2 x 45 1/2 in. (163.83 x 115.57 cm) (canvas) 76 x 56 1/2 x 4 in. (193.04 x 143.51 x 10.16 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   The Putnam Dana McMillan Fund  
Location:   Gallery 308  

Boucher painted this picture for his patron, Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV. Partly to please the religious faction at court, she commissioned devotional pictures for the chapels in her various residences. She ordered this one of Saint John, her patron saint, for a chapel in the Capuchin Convent in Paris, where she had an apartment and went for periodic retreats.

Name:   Boucher, François  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1703 - 1770  

Object Description  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness in a loin cloth reclining on red drapery under a tree by a stream with his hands clasped with the lamb and the cross by his side. in the clouds above are seven infant Angels' heads  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , ,  
Accession #:   75.8  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts