John 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.
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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!