St. John the Baptist

Type: Icon

Period: From the end of the 15 century to the beginning of the 16 century

Author: Unknown

School: Unknown

Dimmensions (cm): 125 / 84


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Sofia

Town: Sofia

Museum: National History Museum


Country: Bulgaria

Other source: Others

Object identification notes

The artistic merits of this icon attribute it definitively to late 15th and most probably early 16th century art and associate it with icons from the island of Crete.


St. John the Baptist is depicted full face and full size; he blesses with his right hand; he holds a cross and an open scroll in his left hand. He wears a blue leather garment and a brown himation. The spread wings are painted in red and brown; the feathers are meticulously detailed. An umbrella-shaped tree is depicted to the left on the bottom; his head on a platter is depicted to the right.

Iconographical technique: Tempera

Base material: Wood

State, restoration traces and comments

The icon is in a segmented golden and red frame; the golden component is an extension of the background that occupies the entire upper half of the icon. Gray-white crenellated rocks mark the site in the lower half.