The Passion of Collecting Academic Nudes

Join me as we explore my collection of Academic Nudes from the 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Centuries and serendipitous finds in the Museum, Art Auction, and Gallery world......examples from the Golden Age of the European Academie

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Unknown Early 19th Century German Artist: Johannesknabe (Young St. John the Baptist) ca. 1800

This morning a German Auction House put this beautiful 19th Century painting in their current catalog. I thought I would post it separately since it would get lost in the many postings I will be making shortly regarding the Fall/Winter Auction season. The depiction of young St. John is an iconographic image you see repeated throughout the history of western art. I would love to join the bidding but the auction house insists it is too large to ship to the states (it is smaller than the last painting I had shipped from Europe.... go figure). I will keep nagging them and perhaps they can sort out the details. Regardless, it is a beautiful depiction of the young saint.

Caption: Young St. John The Baptist

Artist: Unknown

Material: Oils on canvas

Dated: circa 1800-1830

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