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Saint John, dressed in camel skin, takes leave of his parents outside the walls of Jerusalem. He journeys to begin his life as a preacher in the desert, which will culminate in his baptising Christ. The panel formed part of the 'predella', or lower part, of an altarpiece of the Annunciation. The scene is framed by bisected balusters which would have linked it to four other panels. The altarpiece was commissioned by a wealthy Florentine.
tempera on wood
H 23.8 x W 37.8 cm