Picture of the Day, 2015.10.23

2015.10.07.4611 John the BaptistJohn the Baptist, by Polish painter and sculptor Igor Mitoraj (b.1946), of Carrara marble in 2006. It’s at the Basilica of Sta. Maria Degli Angeli e dei Martiri at the Piazza della Repubblica in Rome, Italy. Taken Oct. 7, 2015. Nikon D7100. Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 fisheye. 1/80th sec. F/3.5. 8mm (DX 12mm). ISO 1600. RAW. The bust is more serene than other post mortem depictions of the Baptist that I can recall, as if he’s saying, “Mission accomplished.” The church now is a memorial to Italian war dead. It was Michelangelo’s last big architectural feat, carved from the ruins of the frigidarium (cold baths) of the ancient Roman Baths of Diocletian. A quiet, lovely, untouristed gem. Click on image to enlarge.

One thought on “Picture of the Day, 2015.10.23

  1. What an amazing shot of John the Baptist. I agree this is a different depiction of the weary servant.Very serene face that reminds one of the calling of Christians – to be sacrificing follower and the peace and joy that awaits. Thanks John!


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