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The chapel of St. John The Baptist
The Baptist
This chapel was granted to the Florentine School, which gave Donatello the task of creating the wonderful wooden statue of St. John the Baptist that we can admire today. This is the only statue by the great Florentine master left in Venice and can rightly be reckoned among his masterpieces. What really strikes the viewer is the force of St. John's expression, who maintains all his admonishing power despite being poorly clothed and mortified by penance. The statue is placed in the central part of a beautiful 15th century wooden altar featuring also the statues of other minor artists, among which is worth mentioning the Christ Arisen dominated by the lily, symbol of Florence. On the first step of the altar is a scene from the Baptist's life and beneath the altar is a wooden statue containing the relics of the Blessed Gentile da Matelica of the Friars Minor, martyred in Persia on 5th September 1340.


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