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Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

Town Museum "Ala Ponzone"

St. Domenico room

Giovanni Battista Trotti (1556/1619)




The altarpiece, destined to Pesci family, was placed in a frame which included four other little paintings which represented the life of the Saint. Unfortunately they were lost.

Malosso, in this painting, represented the moment just before the beheading of John the Baptist, who looks upward, where an angel (foreshortened represented) arrives showing the wreaths and holding the palm of martyrdom. The pathos is increased by the dark space enlighten only by a patch of divine light, by a torch and by a lantern. The artwork is totally part of Antonio Campi’s tradition of night paintings, a fundamental model for Caravaggio.

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