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St. John the Baptist  1545

by Agnolo Bronzino

Saint John the Baptist's artificially posed figure is confined in a space that seems too small to contain his muscular frame. His torso twists to bring it parallel with his bent leg and arm, thus exposing a portion of his back. Although unnaturally posed, Agnolo Bronzino's serpentine figure of Saint John achieves a graceful fluidity typical of the style called Mannerism. [...
154 x 53 cm
Oil on panel
Courtesy of The Getty