The story of Saint John the Baptist in Urbino

In the Oratory of Saint John the Baptist in Urbino, there is a magnificent cycle of frescoes painted in 1416 by Lorenzo and Jacopo Salimbeni – a masterpiece of late Gothic art, representing the “Crucifixion” (on the back wall, behind the altar) and “Scenes from the Life of Saint John the Baptist” (on the wall on the right).

The left wall is dedicated to the “Madonna of Humility” and to the “Madonna Enthroned with Child”: two paintings that likely predate the frescoes.

The Salimbeni brothers, and Lorenzo in particular (San Severino Marche, 1374 – ca. 1420), were two leading figures of international Gothic art (also known as “late Gothic”, as we have mentioned) in Italy.

In addition to this cycle in Urbino, other important works are attributed to Lorenzo, such as “Saint Catherine’s Mystic Marriage” (a triptych currently kept in San Severino Marche’s Picture Gallery) and a fresco depicting the “Virgin Enthroned between Saint Stephen and Saint Blaise”, now in the Collegiate Church of San Ginesio, in the province of Macerata.

Photos via:
http://www.atlantedellarteitaliana.it

Salimbeni, Urbino, oratorio san Giovanni Battista, affreschi

"Crucifixion"

Salimbeni, Urbino, oratorio san Giovanni Battista, affreschi

"Crucifixion", detail

Salimbeni, Urbino, oratorio san Giovanni Battista, affreschi

On the left, "The annunciation to Zachary"; on the right, "Zachary transcribes the Angel's message"

Salimbeni, Urbino, oratorio san Giovanni Battista, affreschi

On the left, "The Visitation"; on the right, "Mary's visit to Zachary"

Salimbeni, Urbino, oratorio san Giovanni Battista, affreschi

On the left, "Birth of John the Baptist"; on the right, "John the Baptist's circumcision"

Salimbeni, Urbino, oratorio san Giovanni Battista, affreschi

"Mary's farewell to Elizabeth and Zachary"

Salimbeni, Urbino, oratorio san Giovanni Battista, affreschi

"John the Baptist preaching"

Salimbeni, Urbino, oratorio san Giovanni Battista, affreschi

"Baptism of the neophytes"

Salimbeni, Urbino, oratorio san Giovanni Battista, affreschi

"Baptism of Jesus"

Salimbeni, Urbino, oratorio san Giovanni Battista, affreschi

"Baptism of Jesus", detail

Salimbeni, Urbino, oratorio san Giovanni Battista, affreschi

"John the Baptist meets Herod"

Salimbeni, Urbino, oratorio san Giovanni Battista, affreschi

"Enthroned Madonna with Child"

The story of Saint John the Baptist in Urbino

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