Saint John the Baptist [after Titian]

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Saint John the Baptist [after Titian] 1640s
This drawing is a largely faithful copy of Titian’s St John the Baptist, which he painted for the high altar of Santa Maria Maggiore in Venice, and is now in the Galleria dell’Accademia there. The sheet dates from the last decade of Strozzi’s career when he was working in Venice. He had fled there from his native Genoa and hoped to enjoy success in a new city. Here, Strozzi has transformed Titian’s elegant and statuesque Baptist into a rougher stockier figure, more consistent with his personal style.


  • Acc. No. RSA 935
  • Medium Black chalk, heightened with white on buff paper
  • Size 44.40 x 21.40 cm (irregular)
  • Credit David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy on loan 1974