Thursday, May 11, 2006

Jab, Hit, Then Stop

We saw examples in a previous post of the medieval and renaissance portrayals of the young St. John the Evangelist as long-haired and delicately featured. Mistaking St. John in Leonardo's Last Supper for a woman is a tourist's error.

Now here's another Leonardo. Take a guess: who is this lovely young creature?

8 Comments:

Anonymous Mt said...

John the Baptist?

3:35 PM  
Blogger The Opinionated Homeschooler said...

Correct! Bonus points for not guessing Mary Magdalene.

5:44 AM  
Anonymous cko said...

I hate it when Jesus is portrayed as an adolescent girl-boy with peach fuzz on his chin....as if the Son of God isn't manly enough to grow actual facial hair.
And I would have guessed this vision of loveliness to be Esau or Goliath (if he weren't pointing upward) or, at the very least, Samson.

9:29 AM  
Blogger MrsDarwin said...

John the Baptist was my guess as well. Something about that finger...

12:34 PM  
Blogger sophia said...

Just checking in, Sharon. That's not quite the rugged picture I have of John the Baptist in my mind. He looks a little too pretty to eat locusts and live in the wilderness IMHO.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous cko said...

On second thought, are we sure this isn't one of the Muses with chest hair?

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Yahmdallah said...

Darn. I was going to go with Leonardo DiCaprio.

7:38 AM  
Blogger The Opinionated Homeschooler said...

I'm so glad I'd finished my coffee before reading that.

8:58 AM  

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