the Art Fund gave a grant to four panels from the same predella: the other three are 'The Birth of Saint John the Baptist', 'The Baptism of Christ' and 'The Head of John the Baptist brought to Herod'.
Saint John the Baptist retiring to the Desert by Giovanni di Paolo, c. 1453
© National Gallery, London
- Tempera on wood panel
- 30 x 38 cm
- Acquired in:
The panels have been associated with an altarpiece dated 1454 of the 'Virgin and Child with Saints' (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art) which includes Saint John the Baptist.
From the collections of Charles Bulter and subsequently J.Pierpont Morgan.