Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness by Caravaggio

“Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness,” by Caravaggio, is a Baroque period painting on display at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Painted circa 1604, the painting is characterized by its dramatic chiaroscuro technique that contrasts light and shadows, and innovative depiction of Saint John the Baptist as a brooding adolescent. Learn more about this masterpiece from Julián Zugazagoitia, Director of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, in this episode.

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