St. John the Baptist in the desert
16th century, Oil on canvas
St. John is seated on a cornerstone, prophesying the appearance of Christ and pointing to him in the background. The painting is a typical example of Emilian mannerism, where the bright, vibrant colours isolate the forms, making them almost geometric. The direct light gives the bodies a splendour which verges on the metallic.
Bartolomeo Schedoni was born in Modena. In his paintings, along with the contact with Mannerist art, we can see the influence of the paintings of Correggio, who would remain a reference point throughout his working life.