Firedog with the Figure of Minerva
|Dimensions:||39 × 49 × 29 cm, 16 kg|
Numerous terracotta statuettes depicting Saint John the Baptist in the desert were produced in Florence around the year 1500. Since their master could not be identified by scholarly research, he was later known as the Master of the David
and Saint John Statuettes. The remaining versions of the detailed and carefully modelled Budapest statuette vary in quality; evidently, they are not made by the same artist. Since Jacopo Sansovino’s (1486−1570) marble statue of Saint John (Basilica dei Frari, Venice), carved later in the 1530s, resembles the statuettes of Saint John the Baptist in the desert, some of its versions are attributed to him.