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Episode 3: Birth and Naming -Saint John the Baptist From Birth to Beheading


Video from The National Gallery


Episode 3: Birth and Naming -Saint John the Baptist From Birth to Beheading

"There are several miracles surrounding the birth and naming of John the Baptist and in these his father Zacharias, plays an important role. In this episode art historian Jennifer Sliwka and theologian Ben Quash reveal how this story was told in art and explain the uses to which small narrative scenes known as predella panels were put to in 14th and 15th century Italian Renaissance altarpieces. We go behind the scenes at the National Gallery to examine Niccolò di Pietro Gerini's 'Baptism Altarpiece', 1387 and into the Sainsbury Wing to admire Giovanni di Paolo's 'The Birth of Saint John the Baptist: Predella Panel', 1454. 'John the Baptist: From Birth to Beheading' is a series of 10 films sharing the highlights of the collaborative MA course taught by Dr Jennifer Sliwka, Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion at the National Gallery and Professor Ben Quash, Director of the Centre for Arts and the Sacred, King's College London." from video introduction


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